EUROPEAN TOUR: NBO Oman Open
The Al Mouj course was designed by Greg Norman and is hosting the European Tour's first ever tournament in Oman so there is not much course form to go on. The course was used for the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final on the Challenge Tour in 2016 so tournament golf here is not unknown and like most desert venues, the wind could be a big factor.
OUTRIGHT: Jeunghun Wang 0.5 pts win and place 30/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Wang has desert form having won the 2017 Qatar Masters and then backed it up with a T15 in Abu Dhabi and a T6 in Dubai this year. As he returns to the Arabian peninsula he is worth considering in this relatively weak field.
OUTRIGHT: Bernd Ritthammer 0.5 pts win and place 150/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Ritthammer was the winner of that Challenge Tour event at this course in 2016 and whilst his performances this year have hardly been stellar, he could be worth an outside bet for a place on a course where he has won before and most of the rest of the field have not played.
PGA TOUR: Genesis Open
The 7,300 yards long, par 71 Riviera course, known as Hogan’s Alley, is one of the top courses on Tour. The combination of tight, tree-lined fairways bordered by generally thick Kikuyu rough with small, testy Poa Annua greens favours accurate, patient and experienced players. The course tends to favour left to right hitters. Local Californian players tend to go well here.
OUTRIGHT: Dustin Johnson, 1 pt win and place 5/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Whilst it may not pay to back favourites, where their course from for the last four years reads 1st, 4th, 2nd, 2nd then you have to take notice. DJ is defending champion and on form after his runner-up place at Pebble Beach last week, so if you are looking for a banker then he could be it.
OUTRIGHT: Paul Casey, 0.5 pts win and place 30/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Runner-up with DJ in 2015, Casey is back on the PGA Tour and not far from his home base in Arizona. After a second top-10 of this season last week he is on form and heading to a track he knows well with plenty to prove for his Ryder Cup place.