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South African Justin Harding went close to victory in Dubai and has won at another Peter Harradine course, Doha GC. Back him to win at +3000 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Haotong Li’s revival continued with a superb closing 63 and a third place here last week. He can beat Rafa Cabrera-Bello in a 72-hole match at -120 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Last year’s Dubai Desert Classic runner-up, Brandon Stone, shot three strong rounds last week. Take the South African to bank a top 10 at +550 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
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As has become familiar on the DP World (formerly European) Tour in recent times, it’s a case of deja vu at this week’s Ras Al Khaimah Classic.
For logistical reasons due to the chaos of Covid, the last couple of seasons have seen the same venue hold back-to-back tournaments.
In 2020, Celtic Manor was host course for two straight weeks before Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus followed suit later in the year.
Karen Country Club in Kenya staged successive tournaments in 2021, as did Golf Costa Adeje in Spain shortly after.
Now it’s the turn of Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah, a tourist destination located on the north coast of the Arabian Gulf.
As well as hosting last week’s Ras Al Khaimah Championship, Al Hamra GC has also been used previously on the second-tier Challenge Tour, staging three tournaments from 2016-2018.
It all means punters now have a fair bank of form to peruse for the Peter Harradine-designed par 72 which measures 7,325 yards.
One obvious question to ask from those past occasions when a course hosted for two weeks running is did the same cast list appear on both leaderboards?
The answer is mixed. Sam Horsfield, for example, only finished tied 44th in the Wales Open one week on from winning the Celtic Classic over the same course.
By contrast, Romain Langasque won the Wales Open but hadn’t been part of the field for the Celtic Classic seven days earlier.
Others have played well both weeks but knowledge is power and the takeaway is not to base everything on results from last Sunday.
The pricing of the front two is interesting here.
Nicolai Hojgaard was +3300 when winning last week but is just +1200 to follow up.
Runner-up Jordan Smith was +2000 last week but has only been shaved slightly to +1800. It’s easy to argue that the Englishman represents better value.
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Justin Harding made a bold bid for glory at the recent Dubai Desert Classic, leading thru rounds one, two and three before finally running out of gas in Sunday’s closer.
Still, a fourth place finish was a further sign that the South African is a fine exponent of desert golf.
This week’s course is a Peter Harradine design, as was Doha GC which stages the Qatar Masters. Harding won that event in 2019.
The two-time European Tour winner took part in last week’s Saudi International and not surprisingly showed a bit of reaction to being under the gun for so long in Dubai by opening 71-73 to sit 67th at the midpoint.
But rounds of 66-68 on the weekend lifted him back to tied 24th and proved that he’s in fine form still.
After mixing it with Viktor Hovland and Rory McIlroy at the top end of the Dubai leaderboard, he’s more than capable of taking care of a weak field like this and his price makes plenty of appeal.
Back Harding for the win at +3000 at Caesars Sportsbook.
The match bet didn’t go well last week as we picked the wrong Hojgaard!
Rasmus did okay for three rounds before tumbling down the field with a closing 75 while Nicolai, of course, took victory. For the record, the 20-year-old Danish twins now have five wins in a combined 98 starts.
This week I’m going to side with another player who excelled in last week’s Ras Al Khaimah Championship, China’s Haotong Li.
After a serious plummet down the world rankings, Li has really found his mojo again and followed second place in his home China Open with tied 12th at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open last month.
Following tied 32nd in Dubai, he played superbly over the final 54 holes at Al Hamra last week to close with 66-68-63 and finish in a tie for third.
Looking at the stats, Li ranked 1st for Strokes Gained: Approach so struck his irons superbly.
Cabrera Bello is an inconsistent sort and followed an impressive second place in Abu Dhabi with tied 47th in Dubai and tied 59th in Saudi.
He looks vulnerable and Li can win their 72-hole head-to-head at -120 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Brandon Stone was another in the field at Al Hamra last week and, on the face of it, tied 35th looks okay but nothing remarkable.
But a check of his scorecard shows that he had three strong rounds (66 Thursday, 69 Friday, 68 Sunday) and one forgettable one (76 Saturday).
A 68 that day would have put him tied third at the finish and although it’s rather ifs, buts and maybes, it’s clear he can shoot some good numbers at this venue.
The South African was runner-up at the Dubai Desert Classic 12 months ago and has some good form on similar courses to this.
Back Stone to kick on from last week and bank a top 10 at +550 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
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|Ras Al Khaimah Classic Information
|Ras Al Khaimah Classic
|Al Hamra GC, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
|Thursday February 10 – Sunday February 13
|How to Watch
|Thursday, Friday & Saturday 3.30am-10am, Sunday 3am-10am ET (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports
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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