Ras al Khaimah Championship Predictions, Betting Odds & Top Picks
- The DP World Tour stays in the United Arab Emirates for a third week
- This will be the first ever top-tier tournament to be staged in Ras al Khaimah
- Al Hamra Golf Club hosts and will also stage next week’s event
Ras al Khaimah Championship Odds
The odds for this tournament are provided by Caesars Sportsbook. Click on the odds below to head to Caesars Sportsbook and place a bet.
|Bernd Wiesberger||+1000 |
|Jordan Smith||+2000 |
|Adrian Meronk||+2200 |
|Romain Langasque||+2200 |
|Robert MacIntyre||+2500 |
|Richard Bland||+2800 |
|Alexander Bjork||+3000 |
|Rasmus Hojgaard||+3000 |
|Joachim B. Hansen||+3000 |
|Thomas Detry||+3000 |
|Nicolai Hojgaard||+3300 |
Ras Al Khaimah Our Picks
Romain Langasque has strong course form and made the top 20 in both Rolex Series events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Back him to win at +2200 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Both Hojgaard twins looked destined for great things but Rasmus has started 2022 much faster and can beat Nicolai in a 72-hole match at -110 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Kalle Samooja has plenty of solid course form and boasts a strong record in the UAE. Take the Finn to bank a top 10 at +500 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Ras Al Khaimah Predictions
The DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) breaks new ground again this week. Those without a major in geography or excellent knowledge of the Middle East may presume that Ras Al Khaimah is a sponsor rather than a place.
But, no, Ras Al Khaimah is a tourist destination located on the north coast of the Arabian Gulf. It’s one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) although only about a tenth the size of Dubai where Viktor Hovland took victory last week.
With Covid causing the cancellation of the Qatar Masters, Ras Al Khaimah will now stage back-to-back events, with this tournament followed by the Ras al Khaimah Classic. But, for course form fans, there is good news: they won’t have to wait until next week to get some relevant data.
Why? The course for both events, Al Hamra GC, has been used previously on the second-tier Challenge Tour. It staged three tournaments from 2016-2018, including the season-ending Grand Final four years ago.
Peter Harradine, also the architect for Abu Dhabi GC, designed the course which is a par 72 measuring 7,325 yards.
Looking at past winning scores, Adri Arnaus won the 2018 Grand Final with 17-under while the Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge was landed with 20-under by Jose-Filipe Lima in 2016. In that event in 2017, Jens Dantorp won a play-off against Adrian Meronk after both had shot 15-under.
In other words, it’s no pushover.
After the DP World Tour opened with two money-spinning Rolex Series events worth $8,000,000, this is a much lower-quality fare. The purse, as it will be for the next three events, is down at $2,000,000 and that means none of the glamor names are taking part.
There’s no-one from the world’s top 50 so the highest-ranked players are No.62 Bernd Wiesberger and No.63 Robert MacIntyre.
Look to Langasque
It makes sense to lean on that past course form which immediately brings Romain Langasque into the crosshairs.
The Frenchman shot 66-67-70-71 at Al Hamra to finish sixth in the 2016 Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge and later improved to fourth in the 2018 Challenge Tour Grand Final held there after laps of 67-69-69-69. He becomes an even more attractive proposition when looking at his two performances in the big-money 2022 openers.
Langasque posted tied 12th in Abu Dhabi and backed that up with tied 18th in the Dubai Desert Classic. The 26-year-old clearly has a touch of class about him having won the 2015 Amateur Championship at Carnoustie. That got him entry to the 2015 Open where he made the cut and also the 2016 Masters where, even more impressively, he made the top 40.
In 2020 he became a European Tour (DP World Tour) winner when hoisting the trophy at the ISPS Handa Wales Open and this looks a great opportunity to add a second title.
Langasque is +2200 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Rasmus Can Win Battle of the Hojgaards
If their careers continue on such a steep trajectory, there’s a chance that both Rasmus and Nicolai Hojgaard will play in the Ryder Cup soon rather than later.
As will probably become commonplace, the 20-year-old twins from Denmark have been placed together in a 72-hole match bet, with Rasmus a very marginal favorite to beat Nicolai.
One interesting early pattern of their careers is that they seem to take it in turns to be top dog. And, right now, the force appears to be with Rasmus. Nicolai won the Italian Open in September but he’s been slow out of the blocks in 2022 with missed cuts in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Rasmus already has three European Tour wins to his name and he’s got off to a decent start this year with a top 20 in Abu Dhabi and tied 47th in Dubai.
Neither brother has played this week’s course which is why it’s easy to give the nod to Rasmus for his better current form.
Samooja can Crack the Top 10
Kalle Samooja is one of the few in the field who played in all three of those past Challenge Tour events at Al Hamra. And he performed solidly too, finishing 24-33-32 in those tournaments contested from 2016 to 2018.
He’s a better player now and has shown that in other events in the United Arab Emirates.
The very latest glimpse of Finn’s talents came via a tied 12th in last week’s Dubai Desert Classic while he took fourth spot in that same event in 2021. He also posted tied eighth in November’s Dubai Championship so really enjoys golf in the UAE.
This is a weak field so let’s skip the +250 for a top 20 and head to the +500 for a Samooja top 10 at Caesars Sportsbook.
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Ras Al Khaimah Championship Information
|Ras Al Khaimah Championship|
|Tournament||Ras Al Khaimah Championship|
|Location||Al Hamra GC, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates|
|Time||Thursday February 03 – Sunday February 06|
|How to Watch||Thursday & Friday 9.30am-2pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-12pm ET (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
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Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.
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