Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1:00 AM (Emirates Golf Club)
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The European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic begins this Thursday!
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic will be played at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. This golf course is a par 72 that measures 7,353 yards. Similar to other golf courses in the desert, this track is heavily exposed to the elements. Having stated that, wind is this golf course’s major defense. When the weather is calm, this track can definitely yield low scores. However, when the weather presents high/gusty winds, this course is a very difficult test.
As of this writing, the weather forecast indicates a rather calm four days of tournament golf this week. If that does occur as expected, I fully expect to see lower scores at this year's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
As I evaluated the key statistics of previous winners of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, it became apparent to me early on that pure ball strikers that can pound greens in regulation on a consistent basis clearly have an advantage at the Emirates Golf Club. Just to provide some perspective, the last six winners of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic averaged hitting 72.3% of greens in regulation the week they won the event.
I also observed from my review of previous data from this event that arriving at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in good form is highly important. Let me be more specific. The last 11 winners of this event had at least one top ten finish in their last nine events played leading up to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. In summary, in my opinion, it is imperative for bettors to target golfers for potential wagers that are in relatively decent form.
Now that we have covered information that I feel bettors should consider when wagering on this event, let’s turn our attention to my favorite bets for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic!
Here is a golfer to consider placing on your card to finish in the top ten.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +200 – The 26 year old South African arrives at this week’s event in outstanding form. Since the beginning of November, Bezuidenhout has played six tournaments (PGA and European Tours combined). In those six events just mentioned, Christiaan has five top 15 finishes, including two wins (South African Open, Alfred Dunhill Championship). It should also be noted that Bezuidenhout finished second at the 2020 Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Here are two golfers to consider placing on your card to finish in the top 20.
Matt Wallace +120 - The 30 year has two top seven finishes in his last three events played on the European Tour, including a second place result at the Golf In Dubai Championship last month.
David Lipsky +350 - The American finished fifth at last week's Abu Dhabi Championship. It has to be said that Lipsky capturing a fifth place finish in last week's stacked field of talent is impressive. I also like the fact that Lipsky has played well at this week's event previously. Lipsky finished 11th at last year's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.