DP World Tour Championship
Venue: Jumeirah Golf Estates – Earth Course, Dubai, UAE.
Dates: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th December 2020
The final event of the European Tour season comes to its climax with some of the biggest names on the continent set to do battle for one final time in 2020. COVID 19 threatened to have a detrimental impact on the golfing calendar but the European Tour has staged events the world over during the past few months and with over $8 million in the prize pot, it promises to be a fascinating culmination to the European Tour campaign. Previous winners include Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, testament to the importance and prestige of the tournament and its status on the European Tour.
Plenty of the biggest names on the European Tour are present in Dubai meaning it should be a hotly contested week of golf:-
American Patrick Reed is always one to watch in the biggest events on tour and despite no form to speak of, he could take some stopping in favourable conditions here.
Englishman Tyrrell Hatton has enjoyed a superb season on the PGA and European Tours and a win here would cap a fantastic campaign.
Norwegian Viktor Hovland won well last week on the PGA Tour and he looks to be a shining light within the European game, and he will be looking to make his mark here.
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood has long been one of the biggest names on the European Tour and how he would love to finish an indifferent season in style here.
Englishman Andy Sullivan has won twice on the European Tour this season and he tends to enjoy the warmer climes and his performance last week in Dubai will be cause for encouragement.
1st Round Leader
Producing the goods over 72 holes is often the most difficult thing for any golfer to do therefore here are our first round leader picks:-
Following his top 5 showing at the Golf in Dubai Championship last weekend, Matt Wallace could well be one of the front runners this weekend.
Belgian former Ryder Cup player Thomas Pieters has been much improved throughout 2020 and he could get off to a flyer here in conditions that are sure to suit his long game.
German Martin Kaymer can never be ignored in the big events and whilst he hasn’t been in great form this year – he could get off to a good start in Dubai this weekend.
Top Ten Finish
With so many quality players assembled here in Dubai, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top 10 come Sunday:-
Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick won this event in 2016 and he looks good value to be in with a shout of lifting the trophy again come Sunday afternoon.
Frenchman Victor Perez has enjoyed a real breakthrough season on the European Tour, and he could be one to watch in a congested field this weekend.
Welshman Jamie Donaldson finished second at the South African Open last weekend and has been in fine form for the past few months.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Viktor Hovland – 12.00
1st Round Leader: Matt Wallace – 28.00
Top Ten Finish: Matt Fitzpatrick – 1.50