Rory Mcllroy and Tiger Woods make their seasonal debuts in Abu Dhabi this week and it is no surprise they are the front 2 in the betting Rory as Betway‘s 5/1 market leader with Tiger at 15/2 with Betvictor nor that they are paired together in the first two rounds along with Martin Kaymer who loves this event having won here 3 times and will be a popular alternative to big two at 9s with William Hill.
Of the big 3 I like Tiger this week at 15/2 as I regard this venue as perfect for his game he follows this event with a lenghty journey to San Diego where he has a great record at Torrey Pines and I expect him to play well here this week and win next week.
Justin Rose looks a decent price this week at 16/1 (Skybet) but Paul Casey who has won twice here is a great each way bet at 30/1 (bet365) while American Jason Dufner at 25/1 should also be included in this weeks betting portfolio. at Paddy Power.
Of the outsiders Matteo Manassero who played well here last year is too big at 45/1 (Stan James) while Alex Noren at 80/1 (betvictor) and Robert Rock the defending Champion at 90/1 (bet365) both look over the odds.
In America The Humana Challange played over 3 courses in California looks set to be a low scoring event with the grass a little thin compared to previous years according to David Toms.
Tim Clark had a welcome return to form last week and had a bogey free event if he starts well he should once again be in the mix at 16/1 (paddy Power) while Phil Mickleson at 16/1 must be worth taking a chance with at Ladbrokes in an event he has won twice. He may just need the outing to be in top shape but Phil is a great early season competitor and will have plenty of support.Of the bigger prices Scot Langley at 140/1 with Bet365 looks overpriced and looks a player to follow over next few months