Starts: 4 February 2021
Course: Royal Greens G&CC, Saudi Arabia
Par: 70 (35-35)
Length: 7,010 yards
2020 Champion: Graeme McDowell
Overall Profit/Loss: -6.58pts
Pre-Event Bets: -7.08pts
1pt EW Shane Lowry (1/5 1-8) - 50/1 @ Skybet
1pt EW Thomas Pieters (1/5 1-8) - 50/1 @ Skybet
1pt EW Antoine Rozner (1/5 1-8) - 80/1 @ Betfair
0.5pts EW Ashun Wu (1/5 1-8) - 250/1 @ Skybet
0.5pts EW Ryan Fox FRL (1/4 1-5) - 90/1 @ William Hill
0.5pts EW Dean Burmester FRL (1/5 1-6) - 110/1 @ Betfair
0.5pts EW Justin Harding FRL (1/5 1-6) - 110/1 @ Betfair
0.5pts EW Kurt Kitiyama FRL (1/4 1-5) - 110/1 @ Bet365
In-Play Bets: +0.5pts
4 February 2021 (-3pts)
0.5pts EW Ian Poulter (1/5 1-5) - 100/1 @ Skybet
0.5ptsEW Fabrizio Zanotti (1/5 1-5) - 150/1 @ Skybet
0.5ptsEW Kurt Kitayama (1/5 1-5) - 150/1 @ Skybet
5 February 2021 (+4.5pts)
1.5ptsEW Victor Perez (1/5 1-5) - 20/1 @ Betfair
6 February 2021 (-1pts)
1pt Tyrrell Hatton Win Only - 10/1 @ Betfair
Course Notes 2021
In 2021, the wind was much stronger Thursday afternoon, then on Friday the morning starters had rain and wind all morning before the weather calmed down slightly for the afternoon starters. As a result, none of the PM-AM draw were in the top 10 at halfway and none of the top 5 at the end of the tournament played PM-AM.
First Round Leader Market
If similar wind forecast for Thursday, focus on the morning starters. Horsey and Gallacher were 100/1+.
The cream will rise
Out of the top 5, only Calum Hill was outside the top 40 in the world rankings.
Once again, the course proved a perfect fit for long hitters like DJ and Ryan Fox. The leaderboard was packed with big hitters. There is plenty of room to miss the drives off the tee so the longer the better.
DUSTIN JOHNSON: I knew it was going to be a tough day. There was a lot of really good players right around the lead. The conditions; it was really windy and hard to get it close to the hole. The greens are tricky and with the wind, too, you have to play some wind, so it was definitely hard to get a really good line. (Round 4)
A lot of people are saying they are not holding putts. Is it the conditions?
IAN POULTER: It's the type of grass. Paspalum, that's a very -- so the grass goes all over the place. It's a strong grass. They (the greens) are immaculate compared to last week. I didn't think the greens were great at HSBC Abu Dhabi. I thought they were a bit soft, spongy. They (Saudi) are probably the best-looking surface of the three.