The European Tour heads to Dubai this week for the 30th edition of the Dubai Desert Classic. The Maljis course is a typically exposed, desert layout, and with little wind forecast throughout the week, we can expect the winning score to be around the -20 mark.
World Number five Bryson DeChambeau heads our betting at 9/1, he finished 18th here in 2016 as an amateur and having become somewhat of a winning machine in recent times, “The Mad Scientist” looks a worthy favourite.
However, Thorbjorn Olesen is proven at the course, having posted three Top 10 Finishes and at around 30/1 with Paddy, looks a fair each-way bet.
“Thunderbear” can be considered one of the most improved players on tour in recent seasons and there looks to be an overreaction to his missed cut last week in what was his first start since a fourth place finish in The World Cup of Golf in November.
With his proven desert pedigree Olesen looks best of the rest.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) January 23, 2019
At a massive price, Adri Arnaus looks worthy of an interest around the 100/1 mark. The 24-year-old former Spanish Amateur champion has enjoyed a solid start to life on the European Tour, posting a Top 10 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship prior to a solid 22nd finish in Abu Dhabi last week.
He has shown himself to be well accustomed to the challenges of desert golf having attended Texas University where he was team mates with rising star Cameron Champ.
His first season as a pro culminated with a victory at the Challenge Tour Grand Final in the UAE, an event where he grabbed the lead early and never looked back, making the widely available 80/1 for first round leader also appeal.