EUROPEAN TOUR: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
The 7,500 yards long, par 72 Abu Dhabi Golf Club hosts this event for the twelfth time in succession. Length and accuracy from the tee are the key stats here with bombers like Casey and Kaymer having good records here
OUTRIGHT: Thomas Pieters, 0.5 pts win and place 22/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Long hitting Pieters further established his reputation on Tour last year with a win in The Made in Denmark event and an outstanding performance in The Ryder Cup in September. He looks fair value here after his top five place finish here last year. His record here of 4T in 15 and 2nd in 16 suggests these odds are fair value on a course which clearly plays to his strengths.
OUTRIGHT: Peter Uihlein, 0.5 pts win and place 100/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Uihlein will be keen to put an injury ravaged 2016 season behind him. Therefore his top ten finish last week in South Africa on a course which scarcely suited his game, coming as it did on the back of a top twenty finish in Hong Kong in December 2016, make him a player to have onside this week at value odds. Although his course form is average at best his 2015 effort was highly promising until a poor closing round 74 put paid to his chances.
PGA TOUR: Career Builder Challenge
The Pete Dye designed TPC stadium course is the host course this year. The key characteristics of previous winners here are accurate iron play and good putting as scoring is always very low.
OUTRIGHT: Zach Johnson, 0.5 pts win and place 28/1 (1/4 odds 6 places)
It was only really a matter of time before Johnson rediscovered his form after suffering a reaction to a change of irons last season. Early indications this season after last week’s performance in Hawaii are that he has found confidence in his new clubs and is set to win again. This event, where his recent record reads 8T in 12, 23T in 13 and 3T in 14 offers a good opportunity to get back on track.
OUTRIGHT: Jamie Lovemark, 0.5 pts win and place 35/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Lovemark was earmarked as a player to note some years ago, but has struggled to establish himself on the PGA Tour so far. However a tied fourth place finish last week in Hawaii last week suggests that may be about to change especially after an eye catching performance in this event last year where he finished tied sixth despite a few careless double bogeys which robbed him of a chance of contending. That performance followed on from a top ten in Hawaii, so the omens are good for this week.