The final stop on the European Tour season is the DP World Tour Championship with the top 60 golfers in the Race to Dubai standings and a select number of invitees competing for the hefty prize and Race to Dubai crown at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Though he played only seven ET tournaments Patrick Reed heads the standings and returns to a course that’s yielded him plenty of success. Reed is the market leader and he’s featured in a number of tournament matchups. It won’t be the same without Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, who each have a pair of wins in this event, but the field is deep giving bettors plenty of options. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of matchup betting odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
DP World Tour Championship Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Antoine Rozner -128 vs. Aaron Rai -102
Callum Shinkwin -135 vs. John Catlin +105
Erik Van Rooyen -104 vs. Ian Poulter -126
Victor Perez +114 vs. Thomas Detry -144
Andy Sullivan -124 vs. Martin Kaymer -106
Branden Grace -118 vs. Renato Paratore -112
Ross Fisher -145 vs. Laurie Canter +115
Marcus Armitage -105 vs. Jamie Donaldson -125
Bernd Wiesberger -111 vs. Andy Sullivan -119
Christiaan Bezuidenhout -162 vs. Robert MacIntyre +129
Romain Langasque -107 vs. Scott Jamieson -123
Matthew Fitzpatrick -132 vs. Sungjae Im +102
Patrick Reed -110 vs. Tyrrell Hatton -120
Brandon Stone -121 vs. Adri Arnaus -109
Collin Morikawa -102 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick -128
Tyrrell Hatton -145 vs. Tommy Fleetwood +115
Shaun Norris +127 vs. Jordan Smith -160
Patrick Reed -155 vs. Tommy Fleetwood +124
Sean Crocker -146 vs. Graeme McDowell +116
Christiaan Bezuidenhout -158 vs. Matt Wallace +126
George Coetzee -112 vs. Joachim B. Hansen -118
Dean Burmester -145 vs. Justin Harding +115
Sam Horsfield -143 vs. Garrick Higgo +113
Tom Lewis +105 vs. Adrian Otaegui -135
Matt Wallace -119 vs. Robert MacIntyre -111
Viktor Hovland -130 vs. Tommy Fleetwood +100
Thomas Pieters -188 vs. Lee Westwood +149
Collin Morikawa -120 vs. Sungjae Im -110
Danny Willett -130 vs. Wilco Nienaber +100
Bernd Wiesberger -120 vs. Martin Kaymer -110
Sami Valimaki +120 vs. Henrik Stenson -150
Tyrrell Hatton -132 vs. Viktor Hovland +102
Rasmus Hojgaard +121 vs. Joost Luiten -151
Patrick Reed -128 vs. Viktor Hovland -102
Need to Know
There is no cut line for the field of 65 that consists of the best golfers on the European Tour battling for four days at the magnificent Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The only host this event has ever known plays at 7,675 yards and par 72, and is one of the Middle East’s top courses. The length may seem scary but it really isn’t with wide fairways and large greens keeping balls in play. That’s reflected in past scores with 10 of the 11 winners carding 16-under or better with four into the -20s. Big hitters rock this course but there is something for everyone. The entire layout offers a variety of intriguing holes and requires every stick in the bag. The course is known for its finishing stretch with a birdie opportunity on 15 and the island green on 17 that calls for an accurate iron shot. And the 18th asks golfers to play with a water hazard that runs the entire length of the hole.
DP World Tour Championship Matchup Picks
Bernd Wiesberger -120 vs. Martin Kaymer
This season hasn’t been the same for Wiesberger, who entered last year’s tournament as the R2D points leader on the strength of three victories. He hasn’t won this season and spent more time on the PGA side, which didn’t help his cause. Recent form hasn’t been bad and a T8 on the Fire Course last week when he covered the final 54 holes at 17-under is an encouraging sign. And without the pressure of winning the Race to Dubai Wiesberger can let it all hang out.
Tommy Fleetwood +124 vs. Patrick Reed
When I saw Fleetwood at this price I nearly gagged. Then I saw his matchup partner. I still like the odds and with Fleetwood returning to the Euro circuit I also like his chances. For whatever reason the Englishman thrives on the Euro circuit and based on recent results he also enjoys desert golf. Over his last three ET starts Fleetwood has a pair of top-3 finishes along with a T13. Add in a co-runner-up at Abu Dhabi and T11 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year and I like his chances against the tournament favorite. The price is appealing, too.
Robert MacIntyre +129 vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Winning three tournaments in a row is hard to do. Heck, winning back-to-back trophies is an accomplishment. Based on that, I’m fading Bezuidenhout this week in favor of the sweet-swinging lefty and his favorable odds. And there is a reason for that. MacIntyre comes in red hot with three top-10s among his four top-20s over his previous four starts, including a win at the Cyprus Showdown last month. He secured a T19 last week in Dubai and also finished T14 at this event last year in his first appearance.
Wilco Nienaber +100 vs. Danny Willett
We already said big hitters feast on this course and there is no one better at the long ball than Nienaber. His game isn’t all about distance, though, which is why I’m favoring him over a player who has struggled. All I need is for the South African to carry over his strong play from the recent three-tournament swing in his homeland that produced a top-12 each time, including a runner-up at the Joburg Open.
Tyrrell Hatton -132 vs. Viktor Hovland
I originally balked at this pick but the more I thought about it the more it looked like a good play. The odds are long for Hatton, but he’s playing good golf. Hovland was a late addition to the field and has to travel a distance to a course he’s never played after winning the Mayakoba. That’s a lot. And backing Hatton isn’t the worst thing. His last start on the ET was a win at the BMW PGA Championship and he also has a pair of top-10s in his last five PGA Tour starts.
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