This week's golf...

Lara is a lady. She likes golf, horse racing and betting which is a weird combination for a girl! Anyway she tends to pick winners so good luck to her...

Firstly I wrote this on Monday before that idiot Rory pulled out due to injury, thanks Rors, I now have to change it all!! And what is actually injured, your pride?! Only joking. Get well soon, you have a Green Jacket that needs collecting in April. 

Right, another week, another few days in the sunshine for the world’s top golfers, pretty sure they have the best job in the world? Over the weekend we will see the 12th running of the Abu Dhabi Championship, won last year by my favourite golfer Rickie Fowler.

This tournament will be Rickie’s first start of 2017 and he will be looking to emulate Martin Kaymer who scored back to back successes in 2010 and 2011. Obviously I will have a couple of pennies on him at 12-1 but where else is the value in the field this weekend?

 

Henrik Stenson

From Instagram here is Henrik out in Abu Dhabi this week DJing with Reggie from Top of the Pops. Poults is wearing his visor backwards because he is cool, I bet his banter was mental!

With Rory out of the picture, and at 17-4 I was never going to recommend him, the two favourites in front of Rickie will come as no surprise, Dustin Johnson at 11-2 and Henrik Stenson at 13-2. 

With these two now Major victors we can expect to see them at the head of the betting over the course of 2017. Playing the opening two rounds with Danny Willett, of the two favourites I would choose Stenson.

I fully expect DJ to come out all guns blazing on his debut in this competition, and it would be naive to think he will not make an impact, but Stenson is familiar with the European Tour, he was third in this event last year and has twice been runner-up from 11 starts, definitely the sensible option of the two!


Thomas Pieters

Pieters has signed with Nike. He is such a worldy. I'm going to wear nothing but Nike from now on. - ED

#GCW crush Thomas lost by a shot to Rickie last year and was fourth on his debut in 2015. Last year was pretty kind to Mr Pieters, with three victories on the European Tour and the leading points scorer title at the Ryder Cup. With this course suiting him down to the ground, odds of 22-1 seem pretty generous. 


Matt Fitzpatrick

Here is Fitz with what we can assume is an American Mrs. Lad. Someone please buy him some matt clay though!!!

Young Matthew has already enjoyed some dessert success, winning the DP World Tour Championship at the end of last year. He has made some progress on this course, missing the cut in 2015 but finished tied 26th last year. At 28-1 and with his putting skills he is certainly worth an each way punt.


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