MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates
Location: Dubai, UAE
Date: Thursday, Nov. 21-24, 2019
The DP World Tour Championship will take place this week, from Thursday thru Sunday in Dubai. The DP World Tour Championship is sort of the grand finale of the European Tour and the Race to Dubai.
The tournament is held at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tournament itself is played on the Earth Course, which was designed by Greg Normal in 2008.
This is the final tournament of the Euro Tours Race to Dubai and therefore there are only 60 golfers playing in this tournament.
The tournament is limited to the top 60 golfers in the Race to Dubai.
Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course) Details
The course is located in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The course was designed by Greg Norman in 2008 and is your typical Middle East Golf Course made up of lots of sand with plenty of length.
The course is a Par 72 and plays at a distance of 7,830 yards. The fairways on the Earth Course are large and for the most part easy to hit. They do have to be careful off the tee as there are plenty of bunkers on the fairways.
The greens on the Earth Course are large but they are very fast! They are made up of Bermuda Grass and have plenty of undulating. If golfers are not careful, they will hit some big run-offs and find themselves needing to use those scrambling skills to get themselves back on track.
With the course playing at over 7,800 yards, Driving Distance is the most important factor at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Those golfers with long drivers will have a figurative benefit with the distance.
DP World Tour Championship Golfers
There are only 60+ golfers in this tournament so naturally, the odds aren’t great. There are two golfers at the top that are single digit odds but we will fade them, for two reasons.
First off, I’m not a fan of either of them in this tournament and second, we can get much better odds by dropping down just a tad bit and rolling with some of the guys just off the top.
With all that being said, let’s take a look at a few golfers that we like this week.
Matthew Fitzpatrick 20/1 – This week, my top golfer is Matthew Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is a previous winner of this tournament, cashing in back in 2016. The year prior, in 2015, Fitzpatrick finished in 4th place, as well as a 12th and an 34th place finish over the past 2 years. He is also playing really good golf right now, finishing in 10th place at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and 7th at the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament. Fitzpatrick is 14th on the European Tour in Driving Accuracy and 12th on Tour in Greens in Reg. He is my top golfer this week.
Sergio Garcia 50/1 – My second golfer this week is Sergio Garcia. Sergio is one of those golfers that you have to consider here, knowing his history and form. Sergio has finished inside the Top 20 in each of his last 6 times playing here, which includes 3 Top 10’s. Garcia is 2nd on tour in Greens in Reg and isn’t bad at Driving Distance either, where he ranks 30th. Make sure you play Sergio this week!
Those two golfers will be the top 2 golfers that we will suggest this week. I also have a few golfers that are very strong odds that we will throw something much smaller on but will be playing none-the-less.
Aaron Rai 125/1 – I don’t see how anyone can ignore these odds on Rai. He is 125/1 and has the skills to win this tournament. He has only played here 1 times, which was last year and he finished in 48th place. What is most attractive to me is his attributes, where he is 3rd in Driving Accuracy and 7th in Greens in Reg. If this guy is on this week, he should really play well.
Jordan Smith 125/1 – Smith has improved both times he played here. In 2017, he finished in 25th place and last year he finished in 12th place. He has really strong Greens in Reg numbers, ranking 3rd on tour. His odds are 125/1 and that is just way too much value for me to ignore.
Matthew Southgate 200/1 – Talk about value, holy moly, Matthew Southgate is 200/1 this week and I’m telling you, this guy has the ability to win this tournament. He finished in 18th place last year and is one of the most accurate golfers on the European Tour.