A Look at the DP World Tour Championship
It is a frantic and thrilling time to be a follower of golf and golf betting. We may be in the final few weeks of the year with the sport forced to the likes of Dubai and America to find decent playing conditions as much of Europe is gripped by a bitterly cold autumn but there’s plenty designed to hold our interest between now and the new year.
Upcoming action includes the DP World Tour Championship, RSM Classic, DP World Tour Hero Challenge, Sabah Masters, CME Group Tour Championship and the Dunlop Phoenix. You’ll find updated outright betting on each of the tournaments listed as well as a number of eye-catching specials. Have your say on a top 10 finish, to make the cut or not, match bets, top European player and plenty more besides. Bet with a major online bookmaker and you certainly won’t be short of ways to spend your cash.
Everything You Need to Beat the Bookies
We focus on the DP World Tour Championship, giving customers the information needed to ensure they stay one step ahead of the bookies and have the best chance possible of landing a winner. We look at the current betting markets, stats and trends, ways to watch the event and even flag up which bookmakers are offering market best price. Backing the right selection is important, of course, but so too is getting them at the right price. Our team has shopped around to find out which traders rate as the most generous on the popular picks.
Sky Sports offers live coverage of this event from the first tee to the final hole. You’ll also get expert commentary, highlights, updated scores and more. There’s also live golf betting running alongside the action. You can place your stake money down on the player of your choice before the start or take advantage of the in-play betting. Many of the most popular markets remain live throughout the course of play thanks to in-play betting and you can make your predictions at any stage of play. A financial interest is as exciting in the final few holes as it was before the start.
Let’s take a closer look at the favourites going into the Golf World Tour Championship in Dubai and how you can bet on the tournament to give yourself the best possible chance of landing a winner. Our team of sports betting experts and golf enthusiasts put forward their opinions on how this one should pan out. Keep an eye out for the trends and stats too as these could prove useful when trying to cut the field down. Remember, there are many different markets available so don’t just stick to the bets you have always placed.
Brits Have Dominated in Recent Years
The DP World Tour Championship is a fixture on the European Tour and serves as the final in the race to Dubai. It will be staged, as always, at the Jumeirah Golf Estates and with a stunning $8,000,000 prize pot on offer it is little surprise to see the best and brightest in the game out to shine. This year’s renewal promises to be the most exciting yet and we have high hopes the players involved will do their bit to ensure armchair fans, sports bettors and those in attendance and plenty to cheer. Who will come out on top?
Lee Westwood won this prize in the first year when recording a winning score of 265 which left him 23 under par and six strokes better than the chasing pack. The most recent champion was Danny Willett who came out as the victor 12 months ago, scoring 270 and 18 under par. He held off the challenge of Patrick Reed that weekend with Matt Wallace also applying late pressure.
An interesting snippet of information on this tournament is that a British player has won three of the last four renewals. That started with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in 2015 before Matthew Fitzpatrick came good a year later for England. John Rahm of Spain filled the gap in 2017 before Danny Willett battled back for the Brits in November of 2019. Will we see that trend enhanced this time with another UK representative doing his bit for the cause? The outright betting market suggests there’s every chance with a number of Brits prominent in the outright list.
McIlroy Leads the Way
The outright betting before a club has been swung in anger this week has former champion Rory McIlroy as the most likely winner of the 2019 prize and that will come as no major shock to those with their finger on the pulse of the European Tour. The Brit has blown hot and cold at times this season, but he has proven his use around here in the past and is more than capable of living up to expectations and doing so again. He has been the most popular player in the ante-post betting with the majority of early stages comes in support of his chances.
The tournament stats show Rory McIlroy was champion in 2015 and also in 2012. The latter saw him get his hands on the prize money thanks to an impressive score of 23 under par after shooting 265. He had Justin Rose in behind as runner up on that occasion and although it was a battle to the finish line between the two, Rors finished up as a deserving champion and there could be no arguments he deserved his glory. The same was true in 2015 when holding off the advances of Andy Sullivan to win by one stroke that year. A nervy finish on that occasion but, again, we got the right man in the winner’s enclosure at the end of play.
On top of those two winning efforts, we also recall Rory McIlroy going close in 2014 when ending second behind Henrik Stenson. The champion on that occasion won by two strokes and a score of 16 under par but he was made to work all the way to the finish line by Rory McIlroy, Victor Dubuisson and Justin Rose who refused to roll over and hand Stenson the prize.
Rahm the Main Danger
Jon Rahm rates as the main danger according to bookmakers and they have the Spaniard marked up as a 7/1 second favourite. That’s top price when getting your cash down at Unibet and the quote is better than the 6/1 you’ll get with most other firms. If you intend to back Jon Rahm we would strongly suggest doing so at Unibet to ensure you get the best price possible.
Backing a 7/1 shot at 6/1 is not a great way to make a long term profit, of course. There’s also a difference of opinion amongst traders over favourite Rory McIlroy. He’s best price 4/1 with 10bet but other online bookies offer only 3/1 on the same bet. Again, make sure your stake is working as hard as it possibly can on your behalf when betting on this tournament. Backing the winner is difficult enough without taking less of a price.
The major places in the betting for the DP World Tour Championship is completed by Tommy Fleetwood who is 16/1 at bet365. That makes the Englishman third favourite but the difference in price shows the traders expect this to be a two-horse race between former champions McIlroy and Ram. Tommy Fleetwood has never won this piece of silverware before, but major bookies aren’t in a rush to put a line through his chances here.
The betting tells us he must put in a massive effort if he’s to win but backing him for a place, such as a top 10 finish, would be a better approach. There are many different ways to back the same player and in most cases, they don’t need to win the title for you to bag a return. Each-way betting terms offers ¼ the odds five places with most bookies.
Others Worth a Mention
Other players worth a mention in the outright betting market are as follows. Each has market best price attached to their name…
- Patrick Reed at 18/1 with bet365
- Tyrrell Hatton at 18/1 with bet365
- Matthew Fitzpatrick at 20/1 with bet365
- Justin Rose at 20/1 with Betfair
- Louis Oosthuizen at 22/1 with Ladbrokes
- Henrik Stenson at 25/1 with William Hill
- Bernd Wiesberger at 30/1 with Unibet
- Paul Casey at 30/1 with Unibet
- Shane Lowry at 33/1 with bet365
Who will start this competition best? The first-round leader betting has Rory McIlroy as 10/1 favourite with Unibet ahead of Jon Rahm at 13/1 with Betfair. There’s also each way betting available on the first-round leader betting with place terms of 1/5 the odds the best six. Pick an outsider and back them each-way in the hope they get off to a strong start.