The European Tour’s season-ending DP World Championship gets underway in Dubai today, with all eyes on Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood. But, while the Race to Dubai might be between those two, Arab News looks at those who might spoil the party for the Italian and Englishman and win this weekend’s tournament.
Sentimental choice — Sergio Garcia
A surprise pick considering he had a shocker in Augusta trying to defend his Masters title — and missed the cut in New York and Carnoustie — but his Ryder Cup performance showed just how talented Garcia is on the biggest stages. An outsider, true, but definitely one to keep an eye on.
Dark Horse choice — Thorbjørn Olesen
The Dane has had a remarkable 2018. Supremely talented, but seemingly lacking confidence in his short game, Olesen’s rise and rise this season was topped by winning the Italian Open in June. He is in the world’s top 50 players right now. If he wins in Dubai, expect him to have a storming 2019.
Obvious choice — Rory McIlroy
He is everyone’s favoriteto win this weekend, but then again, he’s the favoriteto win most weekends. He certainly has the pedigree on the Earth Course in Dubai, having won in 2012 and 2015. But despite what the pundits say, it would still be a shock if the Northern Irishman did take the crown.
Form choice — Lee Westwood
The Englishman is on form after an emotional victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. Also, Westwood will be playing a course he knows well following his victory on the Earth Course in 2009. He would be a crowd favorite too, given his previous successes in the UAE.