Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Handicapping Preview and Betting Tips

by Earl Campbell | January 14, 2020 |

Many of the European Pro Golfers will start out their 2020 season this week in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with the 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.  

This tournament has been one of the more powerful and highly competed tournaments each year, with standing opposite of the PGA’s American Express Golf Tournament.  

This tournament has had some of the top golfers turn out and many of the big name players end up in the finals, competing for the win.  The tournament has had some really strong winners recently such as Shane Lowry in 2019, Tommy Fleetwood in 2018 and 2017, Rickie Fowler in 2016, Gary Stal in 2105, Pablo Larrazabal in 2014, Jamie Donaldson in 2013, Robert Rock in 2012, Martin Kaymer in 2011, 2010 and 2008, Paul Casey in 2009 and 2007, and Chris DiMarco in 2006.  

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is one of the eight tournaments on the European Tour that are considered to be part of the Rolex Series.  For those who are unaware, the Rolex Series is the premier events on the European Tour.

Last year was the first year that this tournament was a part of the Rolex Series, with Shane Lowry coming through with the win.  

This is the 15th year for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship being played at the same location and the course itself has grown to be loved and adored by many of the pro golfers. 

Not only is it a beautiful course but the prize money is nothing to hate, with the total purse distribution for the tournament falling in right around $7,000,000.  The winning golfer will also acquire 7,000 Race to Dubai points

Abu Dhabi Golf Club – National Course Details

The 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is played at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s National Course in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Peter Harradine designed this course back in 1998 as a desert type of course.   

This course measures 7,583 yards and plays as a Par 72. The course is a typical flat desert course that we are used to seeing in this part of the world.  You normally wouldn’t see many lakes in the desert but here at Abu Dhabi, they actually have 9 Salt Water Hazards in the means of lakes, that run through the course.

In addition to the 9 Salt Water Lake hazards, they also have 90 bunkers that are strategically set up to cause havoc among the players. The fairways are very tight and have seemed to cause the most trouble over the past few years.  

Golfers that have strong Greens In Reg numbers always seem to do well here, while those that miss those fairways and end up towards the bottom of the ranks.

You will also want to look for those with decent Approach numbers.  If you don’t have a golfer that is able to attack the hole after the tee shot, chances are you are going to struggle to cash the winner.  

The greens here at Abu Dhabi are fast, running around a 12 on the stimpmeter. They are made up of Bermuda Grass and can be hard to work around.  They will be very rewarding for those that can putt well but for those that don’t have the best putting game, you will struggle.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Golfers

This week, for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, I will be playing a bit more than normal as I like some guys with some really strong odds. Therefore, I am going to give you my top 4 plays and then will also give you some other guys below that I am also considering as great options.  

Louis Oosthuizen 14/1 – Louis Oosthizen has been really close but failed to win in his last 4 out of 5 tournaments.  He has back-to-back 2nd place finishes in his last 2 tournaments, and has finished inside the Top 6 in 4 of 5 tournaments.  Oosthuizen has very good course history here, finishing in 4th place last year and also having a 2nd in 2009 and 5th in 2010.  His odds are very low however its worth putting 2 units on him as he stands a great chance of securing the win this week. 

Matthias Schwab 40/1 – From a value perspective, no one is better this week than Matthias Schwab.  Schwab is 40/1 at MyBookie and comes in with decent course history and also great form.  He only played here one time, last year, but did finish in 22nd place. Additionally, he has finished 2nd, 4th and 20th in his last 3 tournaments.  Great option at 40/1! 

Thomas Detry 45/1 – Seriously don’t understand these odds but we won’t argue with them, we will just take them and say thank you.  Detry has finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 28th, 28th and 32nd in his last 6 tournaments. Detry is one of only three golfers this week that ranks inside the top 50 in all three attribute stats that we are using.  Detry is a must play at these odds. 

Joost Luiten 45/1 – Luiten is 45/1 this week at MyBookie and those odds hold too much value to ignore.  Luiten has played here 8 of the last 9 years and has come close to winning a handful of times.  He has finished inside the Top 6 in four of eight tournaments here at La Quinta.  

The following golfers are those that I will also be playing at a much smaller level. These guys all have very strong numbers and I firmly believe that they have a legit shot at winning this tournament

Thomas Pieters 30/1 – I thought Pieters would be 20-25/1 this week however he is 30/1 and those are some very good numbers.  He is coming in with some of the best form this week and 30/1 is a great gift from the odds gods! 

Erik Van Rooyen 55/1 – Rooyen played here for the first time last year and finished in 32nd place.  He is young and hungry and is eager to get a win in Abu Dhabi.   

Romain Langasque 110/1 – Romain Landasque has some really great numbers to match this course. He is 30th on the European Tour in Driving Distance, 33rd in Driving Accuracy and 37th in Greens in Reg.  If he shows up this week, his overall driving could lead him to the winners circle!

Gavin Green 150/1 – If you are looking for a flyer this week, Gavin Green is a great option.  He is always reliable and has experience here after playing here last year.  At 150/1, definitely worth a look! 

Ryan Fox 150/1 – Ryan Fox has played here 3 years in a row and finished with a 27th, 32nd and 19th place finish.  He has decent form and is way way way over valued here at 150/1!

Zach Murray 500/1 – OK maybe this is a dart against the dart board but his numbers in the system are very strong.  He is one of only three golfers this week inside the Top 50 in Greens in Reg, Driving Distance and Driving Accuracy. I’m not saying you go crazy with playing him but I can’t ignore this guy at these odds. 

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