I would like to welcome everyone to the finale of the European Tour. This week Europe’s best players will be competing in The Race To Dubai World Championship. Players who finish within the Top 10 in the overall Race to Dubai Standings will be award a hefty bonus at weeks end.
The players will be teeing it up at one of the worlds wealthiest and most beautiful courses, The Jumeirah Golf Estates – Earth. The course was designed by Greg Norman and has been the home to the Championship for the past two seasons. At 7706 yards, this Par 72 is extremely long, though I do not feel it plays it. Whether it is the rolling fairways or the hot desert air, the course plays much shorter than the yardage book suggests.
I would like to overview two holes to give everyone a better understanding of what the Earth course has to offer.
Hole 16 – 486 yard Par 4
This is a long dogleg right that has trouble lurking everywhere. A players tee shot must be both long and accurate, as their are 4 fairway bunkers and water all down the right hand side. The fairway slopes toward the water making the tee shot that much more intimidating. The green is guarded by 3 bunkers and has water in play directly to its right. Players would be wise to play for a par and run to number 17.
Hole 17 – 195 yard Par 3
Though I said players will be running to the 17th, not everyone will be happy leaving it. The 17th is an island green Par 3, that is guarded by 4 bunkers and water everywhere. If winds pick up at all this hole can cause players fits trying to select the proper club. The green is large but extremely undulating, and I would imagine you will see a few 3-putts this week here.
Now that you understand what Greg Norman has designed in Dubai, lets take a closer look at who I feel will be walking away from the course with the trophy.
The System Picks:
The following picks are a look into our 6-pack system picks that are sent to members. This week I will provide one pick with lower odds and one of our longshot picks in hopes to help you hit a winner with us this week.
IAN POULTER 13.5 TO 1 – One of the hottest players on the planet right now and it all stems from the confidence gained at his Ryder Cup masterpiece. Poulter was the European hero at Medinah this year and he has parlayed that success into 3 great finishes since (4th, 1st and 2nd). He is not the longest player on the Tour by any means but more than makes up for it with his putting. If i had to count on a player making a 10 footer to win a tournament right now, it would be Poulter. Ian has also enjoyed plenty of success at the Earth Course. In 2010 he finished runner up to Robert Karlsson, after losing on the 2nd playoff hole. He followed this finish up with a T22 here last season. That T22 included a second round 69 and a 3rd round 68. Look for Ian to build off his recent success and use his excellent course knowledge this week in Dubai.
BERND WIESBERGER 85 TO 1 – Our final selection is one that I am excited about. I had a feeling Bernd would have odds this week around 80 to 1 and that is more than generous of the sportsbook. Bernd is a 27 year old out of Austria who I expect big things from next season. I compare him to the way Nicolas Colsaerts stardom has risen. He is long off the tee ( averages over 300 yards ) and has a very nice putting stroke. He has won twice on Tour this season and will look to make a big leap into the Top 10 with a victory here ( currently sits 18th). When you watch his game this week you will be amazed at how under control he is with his swing and emotions.