OTHERS TO CONSIDER
Yet again, Oosthuisen reserved his best form for the Gulf with fifth place in Abu Dhabi. Finished runner-up last year so has claims, but at 25/1, the bookies have taken the hint.
One of the stars of 2009 makes his seasonal, and Doha, debut on a course that would appear to suit his strengths. If he’s fully wound up, Ross would have a great chance, not least due to his ability to hit a low ball flight through the wind. Others might just be closer to peak form though, and next week’s Dubai Desert Classic looks a likelier target.
On the bare face of three missed cuts around Doha, Casey seems like one to oppose. I’m not wholly convinced that is the case, though, because he is strong in all the key areas required to succeed here. Two of those missed cuts came immediately after victories in Abu Dhabi, so there’s a chance he’d taken his foot off the gas.
Noren remains high on my players to follow list, and having made the top 25 in both the last two Doha renewals, the Swede came in for close inspection. There was little in his weekend efforts to get excited about though, and his comments afterwards suggested confidence is low.
A rare overseas appearance from the US star illustrates the pulling power of the Race to Dubai. Very dangerous at his best and in good form, but Perry has never really been a natural in windy conditions.
Villegas brings more PGA Tour class to proceedings, and at 40/1, is a great price on his best form. Just needs the putter to warm up.
Consistent, accurate and improving, Francesco is long overdue a second European Tour win. A best of 25th from three previous visits suggests this isn’t the likeliest venue though.
After finishing 2009 as well as anyone in the world, the older Molinari brother was on the fringes of contention again until a poor final round in Abu Dhabi. Decent value at 66/1 if slightly disadvantaged by his lack of course experience.
The accurate Aussie left-hander wasn’t beaten far last week and must have place claims having thrice made the top eight at Doha. Not a prolific winner though.
Never looked cut out for this course until last year’s seventh, which with hindsight seems to reflect a wider improvement in Dyson‘s game over the past 12 months. A capable outsider.
Adam Scott won this as a big-hitting, classy youngster so Willett’s inexperience may be less of a handicap than usual. Interesting at 80/1, especially having made the frame on his penultimate start.