Dubai completes desert swing
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2013 Omega Dubai Desert Classic | Preview | 30 Jan 2013
The third and final leg of the European Tour’s Middle East swing is played this week at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai where the Omega Dubai Desert Classic will be played.
Lee Westwood heads the field in terms of world ranking although the ever present Sergio Garcia appears to be his biggest threat give the Spaniard’s great run of form of late.
Westwood has been three times runner-up in the event and although he has yet to hit a shot in anger to date this season he played so well towards the end of 2012 that he should be quickly back into contention.
Garcia has been inside the top ten in six of his last eight starts including when winning in Johor late last year. He returned to tournament golf with a very impressive runner-up finish in Qatar last week and his chances of going on with it appear good.
Garcia has done well enough here without any real success but he is playing so well that a best ever finish in this tournament is very much on the cards.
Last week’s winner in Qatar Chris Wood has played this event well enough and buoyed by his breakthrough victory last week he could do well again.
Paul Casey might be one for slightly longer odds. He is playing his way back to form and in five starts over this layout has never finished further back than 20th.
Henrik Stenson is a former winner and a regular contender in the event. The Swede won the South African Open late last year and has continued to play well so his chances appear very good.
Jamie Donaldson has played well enough in this event on occasions but right now he has found a rich vein of form having won in Abu Dhabi and been in contention on one or two other occasions of late.
Australian chances rest with the regular suspects Richard Green and Marcus Fraser while Andrew Dodt, Brett Rumford and Daniel Gaunt are also in the field.
Green was a winner of this event back in 1997 and finished 3rd on one other occasion after leading into the final hole that year. The tournament carries a purse of US$2.5 million.
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