Starts: 28 January 2021
Course: Emirates GC, Dubai
Par: 72 (35-37)
Length: 7,424 yards
2020 Champion: Lucas Herbert
Overall Profit/Loss: -7pts
Pre-Event Bets: -8.5pts
2pts Tyrrell Hatton Win Only - 7/1 @ Skybet
1pt EW Danny Willett (1/5 1-8) - 50/1 @ Skybet
0.75pts EW Rasmus Hojgaard (1/5 1-8) - 80/1 @ Betfair
0.5pts EW Kurt Kitayama (1/5 1-8) - 125/1 @ Betfair
0.5pts EW Chris Paisley (1/5 1-8) - 125/1 @ Betfair
0.5pts EW Haotong Li (1/4 1-5) - 140/1 @ Bet365
In-Play Bets: +1.5pts
28 January 2021 (-3pts)
1ptEW Wade Ormsby (1/5 1-5) - 90/1 @ Bet365
0.5ptsEW Jeff Winther (1/5 1-5) - 225/1 @ Bet365
29 January 2021 (+4.5pts)
1pt EW Brandon Stone (1/4 1-4) - 30/1 @ Skybet
1ptEW Lee Westwood (1/5 1-5) - 20/1 @ Betfair
Once again, the winner didn't play Abu Dhabi. However, rest of the top 5 did, 3 of them missing the cut.
Two of the top five (Stone and Samooja) both started at 200/1. Canter was 80/1.
The back nine plays considerably easier than the front nine. Holes 2, 3 and 5 are the only holes on the front nine with a scoring average of par or better.
The greens were extremely poor this year and are being replaced for the 2022 tournament.
In 2021, there was hardly any wind whatsoever. Wind was at its strongest on Saturday.
Hard to catch up
Paul Casey was never in any danger as both Stone and MacIntyre crumbled.
BRANDON STONE: Yeah, obviously extremely proud of the performance I put up this week. Played some lovely golf, considering I was -- I think I was 2- or 3-over through five holes on Thursday.
THOMAS DETRY: The course, it can bite you at any time. There's some thick rough around the green and hazards on tee shots, as well. Yeah, the key is knowing when to hitting a conservative shot and hitting aggressive shots.
JUSTIN HARDING: The course can be a bit challenging, especially in the afternoon. Greens get firm. The course has strong par 4s and if you miss the fairway, it certainly is a bit challenging. But you've just got to try and take advantage of a couple of par 5s out there and see what happens.
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: I think I've always preferred playing from the fairway than the rough so I tried to continue to do that. I didn't hit a fairway today until the 10th hole and then didn't miss one for the rest of the round. I think it's probably the sign of a great golf course that people have different opinions and how you can play it and stuff and hit different shots off different tees. I like that about the course. It gives you options.