January 15th, 2019

The Desert Classic Preview

 

By Angus Macartney

 

The Desert Classic is a multi-course event in a Pro-am format. It should make for interesting viewing to see how the players navigate the different tests.

On paper, this event looks like a Rahm Rose showdown. That said, there will be plenty of players who will fancy their chances in what looks like an open field.

 

Selections:

 

John Rahm

 

I don’t usually back the favourites but Rahm for us offers an exception. By his own admission, he loves the “Stadium Course” (which accounts for 36 holes) and having fond memories of a course and it fitting your eyes is a big advantage over the field.

His biggest rival, Rose, has been tinkering with his equipment. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” – Rose signed a deal with a Japanese manufacturer, it could work long term but for the purpose of challenging Rahm this week it should give Rahm enough of an advantage.

Rahm has gone low in this tournament before with a 62 and as past champion, he will be relishing the prospect of defending his title.

 

 

Abraham Ancer

 

I tipped Ancer for his home tournament at the Mayakoba Classic. Although he never really got into contention, he showed positive signs and his consistent game finishing in a tie for 21st.

It was only a matter of time before he would prove his potential and get into the winner’s circle. He did so at the Australian open, these memories will still be fresh and will help him if he gets into contention.

It was a breakthrough year for Abraham last year where he managed to break his duck with a win but also post top 5 and top 10s for fun!

No doubt he is set on proving 2018 was no fluke, his early season form is encouraging sitting 2nd for Proximity to Hole this season. He’ll hope to add to his Australian Open victory with his first PGA title this week.