Firstly, I hope you are all as buzzing as I am after Lee Westwood won the Nedbank for us at 33/1. The Englishman was back to his best with imperious ball striking on the back nine to take the title. I doubt many other tipsters saw this coming but you were warned here!
Westwood adds to an impressive set of winners we have enjoyed in a short space of time:
TIGER WOODS – Tour Championship 14/1
FRANCESCO MOLINARI – Top Points Scorer Ryder Cup
EDDIE PEPPERELL – British Masters 28/1
LEE WESTWOOD – Nedbank Golf Challenge 33/1
This doesn’t include other EW returns we have enjoyed throughout the season too.
The gruelling European Tour season reaches its conclusion this week in Dubai for the DP World Championship. I have singled out three players who have the game to bring home the bacon this weekend:
The Chinese superstar has been a breath of fresh air this season as we have all enjoyed his rapid rise and refreshing on course demeanour – don’t let the smile and the laughs fool you, this boy can play!
He enters this week in fantastic form with 3 top 5’s in his last 5 events including narrowly missing out on a win in Turkey where he went toe to toe with the World No.1 Justin Rose.
The 23-year-olds aggressive style should be perfect for the track this week. He has proven his game adapts to different tests having had strong finishes all over Europe this year. A win this would be a fitting end to a fantastic season for Haotong Li.
A rare foray onto the European Tour for Patrick could spell trouble for the field as the Masters champion represents a huge threat every time he tees it up.
When he has played in Europe this season he has competed well with a top 10 in both last month’s WGC event in China and in the Porsche European Open. Clearly, when he makes the effort to play on the European Tour his game is in good shape.
The past winners in recent times have all been so-called “big names” and Patrick fits the bill. The wide fairways will suit Reed as he won’t be heavily punished for errant drives. This week could end up being a putting contest and Patrick has proven he has the bottle under pressure. If he gets on a hot streak he will be hard to live with over the weekend.
The Spaniard epitomises the modern pro with his hard work on and off the course creating a technically sound, athletic and consistent golf game.
Bogey avoidance has been crucial for past winners; when I look at the field Rafa stands out as a player who can find the right blend of aggression and not making unforced errors. Over the last 5 years, the winner has had a maximum of 6 bogeys over the week and Rafa is the type of character who will relish this challenge.