The big event in the golfing world this week comes from the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, in the form of the European Tour’s season finale, the DP World Tour Championship.
The tournament has been slightly downgraded with the absence of Jon Rahm, given the Spaniard is undoubtedly Europe’s best player, but American talent in the form of Collin Morikawa, Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed will add a little star quality.
Open champion Morikawa is in pole to take the Race to Dubai title, but we’ll look a little closer to home for the winner of this week’s Tour Championship.
Rory McIlroy loves this course – he has placed seven times and never finished outside the top 20 in his 10 trips to this event. He comes into the event having won the CJ Cup last time out, so is obviously in top form. We think his performance in the Ryder Cup has made an impression, he has returned to his childhood coach and this could mean that he returns to playing by instinct rather than seeking technical improvements. He’s a short price, but his record warrants that.
Over in the U.S., the RSM Classic comes from the Sea Island Resort in Georgia.
Heading up the betting for this event is Scottie Scheffler, and we were very impressed with his performance in the Ryder Cup. However, he lost out agonisingly last weekend in his home state, and we’ll pass. Webb Simpson has a good record here, but we’re going to side with Robert Streb.
The American has two this event twice in the past. He seems to be playing well with two decent recent efforts – ninth spot in the CJ Cup and seventh place in Houston last week. We’ll take a punt at a good price.
DP World Tour Championship: McIlroy to win, 1 pt, at 6/1, widely available
RSM Classic: Streb 0.5 pts each way at 66/1, 1/5 the odds for the first 8 places, Paddy Power