MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates
Location: Dubai, UAE
Date: Thursday, Dec. 10-13
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.
With all that being said, let’s take a look at a few golfers that we like this week.
Christiaan BEZUIDENHOUT +2000 – It’s pretty hard to ignore the form that Christiaan Bezuidenhout is currently in. This guy is playing some of the best golf i’ve seen in quite some time. He has won back-to-back tournaments, with the South African Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and now, he comes to the big daddy of them all, where he finished 12th last year in his first time on the course. You have to give him a look this week as he is smoking hot and in great form!
Andy SULLIVAN +3300 – Sullivan has a lot going for him this week. For starters, he has always played well here including almost pulling off the win in 2015, where he finished in 2nd place. Additionally, he is in really good form. He is coming in off a 2nd place finish at the Dubai Championship, where he was well rested after taking off several weeks. This is just his 2nd tournament in the past 5 weeks so he is well rested and ready to go. Look for him to compete for the win here on Sunday!
Sami VÄLIMÄKI +6500 – We have some good news and some bad news on Sami Valimaki this week. First the bad news….he has never played on this course and it isn’t exactly a course that you can walk on the first time and win. That being said, the guy is playing great golf no matter where he is at so I think we have to sort of give him a look here. He has finished inside the Top 13 in each of his last 3 tournaments and he hasn’t overdone it with playing recently, only playing those 3 tournaments over a span of 8 weeks. I don’t like him as much as the previous golfers but will still throw a unit on him.
Wilco NIENABER +6500 – Another golfer that has not played here on the course but form overtakes it is Wilco Nienaber at 50/1. This guy has been there in nearly every tournament he has touched and should compete again this week in a course that fits his golf style. He is coming off a 11th place finish at the South African Open, a 12th place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and a 2nd place finish at the Joburg Open. It really doesnt get much better than that unless you are winning, similar to Bezuidenhout. Nienaber has been there and will be there again this week. At 50/1, your hands are tied, you have to play him.
Dean BURMESTER +8000 – If you’re a fan of course history, you have to absolutely love Dean Burmester. He has played here two times, once in 2017 and again in 2018. He finished in 4th place both times! He had a chance to win both but simply fell short. This could be the year that he gets over the hump, as he is coming off a strong outing at the South African Open, where he finished 4th. He gives you the best value on the board and one that is deserving of at least 1 unit!