Race to Dubai
There are four players in contention to win the highly craved jackpot and 3 are playing this week despite McIlroy sitting out. Donaldson, Garcia and Siem will have a very difficult task chasing down McIlroy as they have to win this week’s open and next week’s World Tour Championship. Impossible? No but a win in Antalya could pose some questions for Rory. I anticipate a very low scoring competition with four players (-20) or better if previous history is anything to go by. Either way expect some top-notch golf. Below we analyse the chances of a select few who may just dominate this go-lo fest.
Dubuisson has made himself the golfing icon of France and his performances in the top competitions have earned him the full recognition he deserves. It is surprising that this is the first European Tour title he will defend in his career after an outstanding (-24) in Turkey last year. After racking up 28 birdies last year he showed that he can make hay when they sun shines and at the Betting Agency, we expect another stellar performance from a man who really believes in himself now.
Another player who has just came out of nowhere on the road to becoming one of the top players in the world at the moment. Coming from Wales he is an icon for all British golf fans. He is 2nd in the Race to Dubai which is an astonishing achievement and he has gone from strength to strength this season most recently T4 in the BMW Open after an emphatic victory in the Ryder Cup. But we don’t think he can replicate enough of his form to earn a victory here although we do expect him to do well.
One of the bookies’ favourites Sergio looks to try and earn the prize pot for the Race to Dubai. He has to win here in order to do that and he is capable of doing if his streaky putting holds up. Having not played really since the Ryder Cup his fitness to battle hard for four days may not be good enough and you never can really rely on Sergio. It wouldn’t surprise if he shot lights out for 3 days and then fell in a hole. Maybe next time.