This week we head to Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, an event that debuted in 2006 and is known as one of the top events in the European Tour. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is always well kept and has received many compliments from the players over the years. While there’s some big names not participating this week, it’s a solid field and there’s plenty of chances to make some money on some sleepers.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Thomas Detry - Thomas Detry finished 2018 on a tear, which included winning the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf with Thomas Pieters and putting together a couple of top-10 finishes in other events. The 25-year-old Belgian is quickly rising up the ranks and becoming a player to keep a close eye on weekly. Detry finished ninth at this event last year in his debut, and based on his current form, there’s no reason why he can’t be in the thick of things yet again. Detry at +5000 odds is probably one of the best bets on the board.
Tommy Fleetwood - Tommy Fleetwood has won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship each of the last two years with a combined 39 strokes under par. Fleetwood has been the best when it comes to keeping the ball on the green and his driving accuracy off the tee in those victories has been a thing of beauty. Fleetwood has put together eight straight top-20 finishes, so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t put together another strong showing. Fleetwood and +1000 odds is hard to pass up.
Louis Oosthuizen - Louis Oosthuizen has been hit or miss in Abu Dhabi, as he seems to either be competing for the title or barely staying relevant on the leaderboard. The good news is when Oosthuizen has been good, he’s been really good, which includes finishing runner-up here back in 2009. Oosthuizen finished 2018 extremely strong, which included a victory at the South African Open. There’s a chance Oosthuizen builds on that momentum with +1800 odds.
Rafa Cabrera Bello - Rafa Cabrera Bello has made the cut in Abu Dhabi nine of 10 appearances and has finished in the top-25 six times. Cabrera Bello had a top-five finish here back in 2014. You could argue nobody has been as consistent on this course as Cabrera Bello, especially when so many of the top contenders have been hit or miss in terms of results. Cabrera Bello and +2500 odds is a strong value play.
Byeong-Hun An - Byeong-Hun An hasn’t missed a cut since the FedEx St. Jude Classic and has put together some really strong performances despite not being able to get over the finish line. Byeong-Hun has made the cut in all four appearances at Abu Dhabi and has finished in the top-15 three of those times, which includes a fifth place finish in 2016. A breakthrough moment could be arriving for Byeong-Hun and there’s no better time than at an event he’s been rather comfortable at over the years. I’ll take a stab with Byeong-Hun and +4000 odds.