See below as we run through the tournaments for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and Unibet.
FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
- Torrey Pines Golf Courses – North and South, California
- First staged in 1952
- Current champion is Jason Day
OVERVIEW: A unique tournament in its own right, the Farmers Insurance Open is split between the North and South Courses on the opening two days, then play the final 36 holes on the South Course
Jon Rahm lines up as favourite alongside Justin Rose and defending champion Jason Day – but the undoubted headline acts are Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, who open their accounts for 2019. American stars Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Partrick Reed are also show in what is clearly the best field so far this year.
TOP TEN BETTING:
QUOTES: Rory McIlroy is spending more time in America this year, and this event sees his first appearance at Torrey Pines – but insists he does not feel bad about his decision.
“I was looking at the summer schedule from basically post-U.S. Open all the way through to after the FedExCup, and potentially I could play 11 out of 13 weeks, which is a lot of golf and that’s, it’s too much for me,” said McIlroy.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 22, 2019
DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC
- Emirates Golf Club, United Arab Emirates
- First staged in 1989
- Current champion is Li Haotong
OVERVIEW: The Dubai Desert Classic is the original event held in this part of the world, and remains arguably the most popular and the field this year shows that.
Li Haotong is the defending champion, but he has a huge task on his hands to reclaim his crown with some of the world’s best taking part including Bryson Dechambeau, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood.
TOP TEN BETTING:
QUOTES: Tommy Fleetwood is happy to be in Dubai where he has a very good record.
“I think I feel like I’m getting into the game again a little bit,” he said.
“Last week, I was a little bit flat at times but I was trying my hardest. It just could have been better on the golf course, but this week I felt great in practise and things are moving in the right direction. So hopefully it bodes well because I’ve always loved the golf course.”
The 8th tee view at sunset tonight !
— ETPI (@Etpi) January 22, 2019
The pro’s point of view…
Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.
Again we are in the Desert of the UAE and California, and the events are event betters.
The Farmers Insurance looks an amazing event, and I do wonder if we see something Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth – the games needs those two back at full power, and I would like to see them perform at their best.
In Dubai, and Tommy Fleetwood is hard to ignore but I think Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick would be my picks for the week.