Abu Dhabi Championship Golf Betting Tips
The National Course, Abu Dhabi Golf Club - UAE - 7,600 Yards, Par 72
The ever cosmopolitan European Tour heads out to the gulf this week for one of its richest and most prestigious tournaments at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The now-iconic falcon-shaped clubhouse that overlooks the 18th green at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club has become as much of a symbol of European Tour golf as the bridge over the Swilken Burn, and it has overlooked some high profile and high-quality victors in the last 15 years. The likes of defending champion Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler, and Tommy Fleetwood (twice) have recently held this trophy.
Located on the coast some 15 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi centre, the National Course was designed by Peter Harradine. He also oversaw the design of Doha Golf Club in Qatar, and the two bear several similarities.
Abu Dhabi is an open, long, flat, and very exposed course and the performance and degree of difficulty is, as with many courses in the region, dictated by the elements. Despite being regularly lengthened and toughened (see more bunkering and added trees) since it was first opened, as Fleetwood and Lowry have shown in the past couple of years, the course is still susceptible to low scoring. It will be attacked throughout the week by this field if the wind doesn't blow significantly (which it isn't forecast to). There are hazards from the tee, but the issue is that the players have to stray so far from the substantial fairways to find them. Over 50 fairway bunkers, some mean rough, and a couple of saltwater lakes are all in play at various times in the landing areas, but only the most errant of shots are likely to be punished.
The green complexes are large and fast but soft and can quickly become tricky to putt on throughout the week, with spike marks adding an extra degree of difficulty to the putting. This is the reason why, looking back historically at the event, links players have performed so admirably; see Fleetwood, Kaymer, Lowry and Fowler, who have all won in recent years. Abu Dhabi requires pure ball-striking, large numbers of greens in regulation and seasoned intelligent putting. It's a competitive field, but will only suit a certain number of players, and course form is relevant more here than at most venues.
Last Five Winners
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship TV coverage
|Thursday 20th January||3.30AM|
|Friday 21st January||7AM|
|Saturday 22nd January||5AM|
|Sunday 23rd January||5AM|
Bet UK's Top Three Tips
|Chances||Golfer + Odds||Reason|
|Winner||Tommy Fleetwood - 18/1||Excellent in the desert and a great opportunity to put 2021 behind him.|
|Top 5||Sam Horsfield - 9/1||Good enough to win but might not have the temperament to withstand Abu Dhabi|
|Longshot||Thorbjørn Olesen,-100/1||All the potential to be a success. Could he revitalise his career here?|