EUROPEAN TOUR: DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
A strong field has assembled for the European Tour finale which gets under way this week in the form of the Dubai World Championships played at the Greg Norman designed 7,600 yards long, par 72 Earth Course for the sixth time in succession. The course has many bunkers, water hazards and large, sloping greens. Long hitters who are accurate with their wedge play appear to have an edge here.
OUTRIGHT: Henrik Stenson, 1 pt win and place 17/2 (1/4 Odds 5 place)
Stenson won here last year, bringing to a close a stunning 2013 season in which he won both the Race to Dubai and The Fedex Cup. After a relatively quiet 2014 season he appears to be building up some momentum again in readiness for next year with his third place finish last week in Turkey. There could be no better way to end the season than with a win here in such exalted company.
OUTRIGHT: Victor Dubuisson, 0.5 pts win and place 22/1 (1/4 Odds 5 place)
This course sets up perfectly for Dubuisson with his length off the tee and his ability to shoot plenty of birdies, so his third place finish last year, aided by a third round 64, was hardly unexpected. With a little luck he can go two better this time and for sure he looked good last week in Turkey after a fast finishing tied fifteenth place, achieved despite an opening round 77.
OUTRIGHT: Lee Westwood, 0.5 pts win and place 25/1 (1/4 Odds 5 place)
With one solitary win in Malaysia to his name, Westwood will be looking to add some lustre to an otherwise quiet season. He does however have some positive memories here having recorded a win and two top five finishes in the last six years. His build up to the event has been low key but encouraging with a top twenty and a top ten finish in his last two outings.
LPGA TOUR: CME TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
This event returns here for the fourth time so course form is quite well established by now. Top players who are just a notch below the cream of the crop have tended to do well here in the past.
OUTRIGHT: Jessica Korda, 0.5 pts win and place 66/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Although Korda's course form here is surprisingly poor there are plenty of reasons for siding with her this week at such big odds. As a Florida based player she ought to be able to cope with the Bermuda fairways and greens comfortably. Furthermore she is a multiple Tour winner now, having won twice already this season and, encouragingly, she hit form recently finishing fourth in the Mizuno event in Japan two weeks ago. All in all it looks best to side with this future Tour star this week.
OUTRIGHT: Sandra Gal, 0.5 pts win and place 100/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Like Korda, Gal too has some strong local connections through her College days spent near here. That experience is reflected in her superb course form of 11T 10, 2T 11 and 4T 13 which has been largely overlooked by the compilers this week in her odds. Finally her top ten finish in Taiwan three weeks ago bodes well.