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Expert Picks: Dubai Desert Classic

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: January 21, 2020, 2:19 pm ET

Each week, Dave Tindall and Matt Cooper will give their picks for the two main European Tour options – DraftKings and the official season-long 2020 Fantasy Race to Dubai game run by europeantour.com.

The latter has yet to start up this season. We await further news.

The DraftKings lineups will be entered into a large-entry Guaranteed Prize Pool. That means we need to take a risk or two, in order to separate ourselves from the field. 

The idea is to provide you a list of names to consider. We would not recommend copying these teams, golfer for golfer. Duplicate teams are no fun and don't help anyone.

Dave Tindall

@DaveTindallGolf

DraftKings

Henrik Stenson ($10,000) – He made Dubai his home for a decade and he's always looked at home at Emirates GC. Stenson owns a win and a bunch of top fives here and flashed some of his best form when winning the Hero World Challenge at the end of 2019. Eased his way into the new decade with T23 in Singapore last week.

Victor Perez ($9,300) – Won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in September and has three top fours in his last four starts, including T2 in Abu Dhabi last week. T29 here last year suggests he can stay hot in the desert.

Martin Kaymer ($8,800) – Has a bunch of course form - three top fours and a trio of top 25s the last three years - and showed his liking for the desert again with T8 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Striking it great so just needs the putter to warm up a little.

Graeme McDowell ($7,900) – A windy forecast suggests G-Mac could be a very useful addition to the team. Has five top 25s in this event and arrives on the back of a top four in the Sony Open.

Scott Jamieson ($7,100) – Reliable former at Emirates GC with seven cuts in eight starts. T8 in Abu Dhabi was his second top ten in three starts so could look a real bargain.

Alvaro Quiros ($6,600) – A roll of the dice in that he misses lots of cuts and did so in Abu Dhabi. But he has a special relationship with this event with a win (2011), a third (last year), a fourth and a sixth.

Total salary: $49,700

On the cusp: Tommy Fleetwood ($11,300), Bernd Wiesberger ($9,600), Shane Lowry ($9,500), Erik van Rooyen ($8,700), Jason Scrivener ($7,400), Sam Horsfield ($7,100).

 

Matt Cooper

@MattCooperGolf

DraftKings

Lee Westwood ($9,400) – He’s 16-for-20 on the course and eight of those weekends reaped top tens. He’s dry this January so unlikely to have a hangover and I’m going to trust the new putting technique.

Victor Perez ($9,300) – He’s grabbed six top 20s in his last seven starts and every reason to think his wonderful tee to green game will again thrive. Was T29 on debut last year.

Viktor Hovland ($8,500) – All about the potential. He can make this salary look every tasty.

Andy Sullivan ($7,900) – Five times T23 or better in his last six starts and has four finishes of T12 or better on the course.

Tom Lewis ($7,700) – Although he is 6-for-6 on the course he is yet to land a finish better than T48 but I think he can change that this week. T6 in Dubai at the end of 2019.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($6,900) – Made the cut on his course debut last year and the salary is too good to miss out on. Big potential upside.

Total salary: $49,900

On the cusp: Tommy Fleetwood ($11,300), Henrik Stenson ($10,000), Jazz Janewattananond ($9,200), Hao-Tong Li ($9,000), Danny Willett ($8,600), Ross Fisher ($7,600).

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.