This is a new place as the DP World Tour’s UAE swing moves to Al Hamra for two weeks. Barry Plummer has everything you need to know
I would raise my hands and say that last week’s tips were somewhat overwhelming in terms of their overall performance, but after a strong start to the season it would finally happen. The great thing about the DP world tour schedule is that we have another chance to get on the horse again, and this week it comes in the form of the Ras Al Khaimah Championship. This new event on the track is being hosted at the same venue as the 2018 Challenge Tour Grand Final, so we have a whole series of recent data to give us an insight into what to expect. But before we get into my golf bets …
Race Al Khaimah Championship Details
Venue: Al Hamra Golf Club, UAE
Date: 3-6 February 2022
Course statistics: Teen 72; 7 325 meters
Course summary: This new tour site is our home for the next two weeks. The Peter Harradine design follows the trend of previous weeks, with exposed clean fields, desert landscapes, dangerous water hazards and a coastal feel. Recent form seems to be a good indicator of success here.
Wallet: $ 2 million
Defending champion: NVT (entrants)
Race Al Khaimah Championship: TV coverage
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 08:30
Friday: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 08:30
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 08:30
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf from 08:30 and Sky Sports Main Event from 11:00
Race Al Khaimah Championship Golf Betting Tips
Bazza’s Banker: Romain Langasque- 2.5pt e / w @ 25/1 with Bet365
Langasque was a name that immediately jumped off the page for me when I analyzed the betting markets this week. The Frenchman finished 4th in the 2018 Challenge Tour Grand Final on this track, and started the season well with an 18th and 12th place in his two starts so far.
Langasque also has an interesting form in Abu Dhabi, another Harradine design, which completed T16 in the 2021 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. In that same event, Langasque ranked 23rd for SG: Approach and 22nd for Greens-in-Regulation, something I believe will be important at Al Hamra.
The Every-Way Play: Alexander Bjork – 1.5pt e / w @ 33/1 with Bet365
Bjork finished in great form last season and looks to have carried it forward after finishing T20 at the Abu Dhabi Championships two weeks ago. His 2nd place finish at the DP World Tour Championship will have caught the eye of many, and his T6 finish on another Harradine track at the 2019 Qatar Masters also adds value to this choice.
in 2021, Bjork was 15th for SG: Approach and 3rd for SG: Putting, as well as in the top 20 for SG: Putting in each of the first two events of this new season. With little information about the course, Bjork represents a good balance between recent form and performance on correlating courses.
Die Langskoot: George Coetzee – 1pt e / w @ 100/1 with Bet365
My last choice is a five-time DP World Tour winner, who honestly seems too expensive at a three-figure. Coetzee has not had the most starts this season, but he does have an interesting form on other Harradine tracks. The South African was 11th in Abu Dhabi last season, and was 2nd in Doha in 2019, which explains how well he can play on these types of courts.
His strengths at the start of this season were from the tea box, 32nd in both items for SG: Off-the-tee. His set work also improved last week in Dubai, so we can quite possibly see Coetzee clicking into gear and securing a sixth title at the DP World Cup.
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