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Nigel Seeley's three from the tee for the Dubai Desert Classic

Bettingpro Staff 22 Jan 2019

Read on for our expert tips for the Dubai Desert Classic from the Emirates GC.

Dubai Desert Classic 

WE have a real competitive golf tournament this week on the European Tour which stays in the Middle East with the Dubai Desert Classic from Emirates GC.

This is the most open event of 2019 so far, with the bookies making American sensation Bryson DeChambeau their 10/1 favourite and although great things are expected this year from the 25 year old, he never really took to the course on debut in 2016 and although he's a much better player now than he was three years ago, he certainly is one to avoid at the odds on offer.

Leading the European challenge is tournament 14/1 second favourite Tommy Fleetwood alongside Sergio Garcia and both can be overlooked.

Fleetwood put in a disappointing display last week in Abu Dhabi finishing in a lowly 42nd spot and he hasn't started the year well and may need a few weeks to get back to his best. Garcia has a decent record at this event and finished 6th in Hong Kong in his only start of 2019 and even though I don't fancy him to win the tournament, I would back Garcia in a 72 hole match bet against his Ryder Cup teammate Fleetwood.

Three From The Tee

Rafa Cabrera Bello @ 20/1 with Paddy Power

Rafa Cabrera-Bello. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

It's another Spaniard who will be holding my money in the desert and that is former winner here RAFA CABRERA BELLO at 20/1 with Paddy Power.

The three time European Tour champion had his first success here in 2012 and since then he's always faired well with no worse than a 11th finish in the last three years, including a runner-up spot in 2016 and a sixth finish last year.

The 34 year-old has residency on the course and relishes the opportunity to play in the Desert and he arrives at this event full of confidence after some really steady performances over the last couple of months. Last week he finished just outside the top 10 with a 11th spot in Abu Dhabi, when he closed with a great round of 67 and in his only previous start of 2019 he was 6th in Hong Kong and after ended 2018 with four top 20 finishes at some big money events a fourth Tour win is just around that corner and it could be this weekend.

Ian Poulter @ 35/1 with bet365

*Odds correct at 10:57 GMT on 22/1/2019

Ian Poulter. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

IAN POULTER Is a dangerous player when he's in form and the 43 year-old's golf game is in great shape at present and he will have a major say in the outcome of this event and looks a lovely each-way bet at 35/1 with Bet365.

The Ryder Cup star has a great record at this event finishing sixth last year and 15th in 2017 and both of those showings were when the Englishman wasn't in the best of form ,  now arriving in the Desert full of confidence after the start he's made to the New Year he will be a big threat this week.

Last week in Abu Dhabi on his seasonal debut he finished in a tie for sixth place after starting the week with a brilliant round of 66 which he followed up with 69s on day two and three, only to fall away on the final day. At the World Cup of golf at the end of November her helped England to a creditable eighth finish again starting well with a 62 and with the fast starts he's been making recently he also looks a nice price at 45/1 to be the first round leader.

*Odds correct at 10:57 GMT on 22/1/2019

Thorbjorn Olesen @ 40/1 with William Hill

Thorbjorn Olesen. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

My final pick was a straight choice between former major winner Martin Kaymer and European Ryder Cup star THORBJORN OLESEN and I have opted to go for the great Dane Olesen at the general 40/1.

The reason I was put off from Olesen was his missed cut last week in Abu Dhabi, but his form prior to last weeks disappointment and his form at this event has made me forgive last weeks poor performance.

At the end of last year Olesen finished with two seventh placings at both the HSBC Tournament of Champions and the Turkish Airlines Open as well as a fourth place spot when defending the World Cup of Golf title with Soren Kjeldsen.

This event holds happy memories for the Dane with a third, fifth and eighth finish in three of his last five starts and I am expecting him to bounce back to form at a venue he enjoys playing after last weeks disappointment in Abu Dhabi.

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