I would like to welcome everyone to the 2012 edition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
I have decided to analysis and predict the European Tour this week as the field is terrific and it is one of the premier events on the Tour. Six of the world’s Top 10 players will be teeing it up in Abu Dhabi, all looking to get off to a great start in 2012. They will be joined by long time world number 1, and possibly the most recognizable athlete in the world, Tiger Woods.
This should be a great tournament to both watch and wager on. Now let’s take a closer look at the course.
***TAKE NOTE OF THE TIME DIFFERENCE — GET YOUR WAGERS IN EARLY***
The Course Money was not an issue when designing and building this stunning country club in the desert. 162 hectares of challenging golf comprises one the nicest championship courses in the world. The Par 72 course measures between 7440 and 7510 yards; depending on where they set up the tees. The course features 7 extremely large lakes to go along with 90 bunkers.
To play this course well you need to have distance off the tee and avoid some thick and gnarly lies found in the rough. The greens are large but will test your ability to read putts, as they have various subtle breaks in them. Look for players with a plethora of course knowledge and confidence to understand these greens with ease. I say this because although they are challenging, they are in magnificent shape and extremely true.
Absolutely everyone will be paying attention to the 740am tee off time (on the 10th tee). With Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald playing in a threesome, the excitement will be palpable. Luke Donald is the only of the 3 yet to win a major championship, but he is the world number 1. Rory will be focused as he has finished Top 5 in all of the last 3 tournaments here (T5, 3rd and 2nd). Tiger will be looking to build of his win late in the 2011 season (all be it at his own tournament in a reduced field).
Though much of the attention will be paid to that star studded grouping, many other players deserve the public’s attention. Here is a list of top named players competing this week
Lee Westwood – The world’s number 2 player and someone who is looking to capture his first major in 2012.
Martin Kaymer – The world’s number 4 player has won this event 3 times (including the last two years).
Charl Schwartzel – The world’s number 8 player and last year’s Masters Champion.
Jason Day – One of the best up and coming stars always seems to be near the top of the leaderboard in large events. Currently ranked 10th in the world golf rankings.
Graeme McDowell – A major champion who looks to get back on track in 2012 after an up and down year. Currently ranked 13th in the world.
KJ Choi – A player who many people overlook but could make noise in the majors this year. Currently the world’s number 14 golfer.
Sergio Garcia – Vaulted all the way to 17th in the world rankings thanks to back to back wins last year on the European Tour.
The 2012 Abu Dhabi Championship Picks
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