EUROPEAN TOUR: OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC
The Emirates course has hosted this event for a number of years. Although set in the desert, past results suggest that accuracy is more important than power on this track. Certainly last year the rough was thick but patchy.
OUTRIGHT: Emiliano Grillo, 0.5 pts win and place 45/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Grillo won an event in his native Argentina at the tail end of last year and has maintained that form into 2015 with a top five finish in Qatar last week. He was beaten narrowly into second place by Stephen Gallacher here last year so looks worth a wager at these odds.
OUTRIGHT: Eddie Pepperell, 0.5 pts win and place 60/1 (1/4 Odds 6 places)
Pepperell looks to be very much on an upward path in his career and it would be no surprise if he breaks through with a win soon. With a top thirty finish in Abu Dhabi followed up by a top four finish last week in Qatar he looks ready to mount a challenge this week.
OUTRIGHT: Steve Webster, 0.25 pts win and place 150/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Dubai resident Webster hardly set the heather on fire for us last week in Qatar but is worth sticking with this week on his "home" course. He did show some form in Abu Dhabi so we will forgive him last week's blip and look for a repeat of his previous course form here of 11T in 05, 7T in 13 and 5T in 14.
PGA TOUR: WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN
Weather and course conditions have had a major influence in the outcome of this event over the last few years. When the weather has been windy and the course/greens firm and dry players such as Leonard and Mahan have tended to come to the fore, whereas in more benign conditions long hitters such as JB Holmes have excelled. In a traditionally low scoring event good putters tend to do well.
OUTRIGHT: Hideki Matsuyama, 1 pt win and place 25/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
With a win already under his belt at last year’s Memorial event, Japan’s finest Matsuyama looks every inch the real deal in terms of his potential. He is long and straight off the tee, with an accurate iron game and solid short game so has few weaknesses. He certainly has the game to go low at TPC Scottsdale as he proved last year in finishing tied fourth and, as he is in good current form after finishing tied third in the season opener in Hawaii, he looks good value to land his first win this season.
OUTRIGHT: Brendan Steele, 0.5 pts win and place 40/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Like Matsuyama, Steele has come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders with a tied second place finish last week in The Sony event in Hawaii. However it is his course form of 5T in 12, 6T in 13 and 6T in 14 that really catches the eye and he looks a decent value bet at these odds.
OUTRIGHT: Scott Piercy, 0.5 pts win and place 50/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Piercy caught the eye last week with a very respectable top thirty finish on a tight track that did not suit his game so his game looks in good shape coming into an event where he has few peers in terms of his course form which reads, 15T in 06, 6T in 09, 8T in 10, 3rd in 13 and 15T in 14. Clearly the layers don’t appear to be paying him due respect for his previous exploits here so we should take advantage of that.