See below as we run through the main golf tournaments this week – Abu Dhabi Championship and the American Express.
This includes facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson with odds from 32Red.
ABU DHABI GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
- Abu Dhabi Golf Club, UAE
- First staged in 2006
- Defending Champion: Shane Lowry
OVERVIEW: One of the marquee events on the European Tour, the Abu Dhabi Championship – which boasts big sponsorship is able to attract big names. As one of the eight Rolex events on the calendar it carries a hefty $7million purse.
Shane Lowry enters as defending champion but it is former two-time winner Tommy Fleetwood who comes in as favourite ahead of American stars Brooks Koepka and Patrick Cantlay.
😉 You don't have to know golf to 𝙇𝙊𝙑𝙀 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙂𝙊𝙇𝙁!
— Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA (@ADGolfChamps) January 14, 2020
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN
- PGA West Stadium Course, PGA West Course and La Quinta Country Club, California
- First staged in 1960
- Defending Champion: Adam Long
OVERVIEW: Played over three courses in California, the American Express is a popular tournament with a strong field
Adam Long is the defending champion, but he is a big price to defend his title at 100/1, with home star Rickie Fowler favourite to take the title.
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.
The Abu Dhabi Championship is a really good event, and the players turn out for this event. I really like Tommy Fleetwood here, he has won this event twice and has a great record in this region – he will surely go close.
And I also think Brooks Koepka will put in a very good showing and will be a huge threat.
In California and the American Express is an interesting event over three courses and make for good watching.
For me, I think Tony Finau will put in a good show and so I would look at him to finish top-five whilst Kevin Kisner at 25s is a really good pick to win it.