The DP World Tour is gearing up for a ground-breaking week, as they will stage their first-ever tournament in Ras al Khaimah. It will be the first of back-to-back tournaments at Al Hamra Golf Club, and there will be plenty of talking points over the coming week.
As you would expect, it will be a strong field, and there are some tricky positions. There are some holes that will play very long, such as the par-5 eighth, which stretches over 600 yards.
Anyway, Freebets has selected three tips for you to mull over this week.
Bland looks grand
The story of Richard Bland has been one of a fairytale. He became the oldest first-time winner on the European Tour last year when he lifted the British Masters back in May, and he’s inching ever closer to securing an invitation to The Masters at Augusta in April.
Bland played some fabulous golf last week at the Dubai Desert Classic, and although he lost out in the play-off to Viktor Hovland, the Englishman will take a lot of encouragement from his display.
The course set-up this week may well suit him, and you can currently get a long, but nevertheless intriguing 28/1 with Paddy Power for Bland to be in the winners’ circle come Sunday.
What a week #slyncDDC. Thank you to all for making it such a great week. Gave it everything I had down the stretch. Congratulations to Viktor ?. Thank you for all the support & messages. Love you all of you ?? #nevergiveup pic.twitter.com/xwS2NpGmNW— Richard Bland (@blandy73) January 30, 2022
Meronk to start hot
Adrian Meronk has enjoyed a bit of a meteoric rise over the past couple of years, and while he is currently outside of the world’s top 100, the Pole looked comfortable at the Dubai Desert Classic, as he finished in T4 with an overall score of -8.
He will certainly be one to watch over the week, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him lead after the first round. bet365 have priced him at 33/1 to achieve that, and that could be tempting odds to have a flutter.
Wiesberger looks good for a top 5
You can never discount Bernd Wiesberger. The Austrian has enjoyed a solid start to the 2022 season, and he will always be a threat at the top of the leaderboard. Last week, he came home in T24 with a four-under-par score, but he could come back stronger.
Although he may not take the title, he could well end up securing a top-5 finish, and bet365 have priced him at 3/1 to do so.