Rory Mcllroy is a deserved winner of the Race to Dubai having produced the best golf of the year since his amazing triumph at Wentworth in May, when against all the odds he won the BMW Championship.
He hasn’t looked back since landing the Open Championship at Hoylake, a WGC title with the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship, and while for most this would be a lifetime list of honours, he has done this in just a few months.
Rory will be popular this week at 5/1 in the season-finale, the DP World Championship which he won here in 2012 with a score of 23-under par. Indeed, the Northern Irishman has only once been outside the top five in the event when 11th in 2011 and he’s a staggering 74 under par for 20 competitive rounds here.
Moreover, unlike many of his rivals, he’ll be fresh so there’s a compelling case to back him as a saver at worst.
I like the chances of Luke Donald ending a wretched year, which saw him miss out on Ryder Cup place, on a high by having a big week on a course that has provided him with top five finishes in the last three years.
Donald is a staggering 50/1, a huge price considering his weekend finish in Turkey, where he hit two rounds in the 60s in a welcome return to form.
Lee Westwood produced a masterclass when winning here in 2009, finished third here a year later and a creditable fifth last time around so at 22/1 he also must be backed.
Of the rest Louis Oosthuizen at 35/1 is nearing his A-game but it will be Rory Mcllroy that will once again dominate the golfing headlines and he’ll be hard to beat. Luke Donald meanwhile, is a tasty 50/1 each-way alternative.