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DP World Tour Championship preview: Hojgaard could seal Gulf glory

The final event of the DP World Tour season starts in the Middle East early on Thursday (UK time) – the DP World Tour Championship, as culmination of the Race to Dubai. 

Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland and Jon Rahm are in attendance at the Earth Course in Dubai this week for the finale of the DP World Tour season.

WhatDP World Tour Championship
WhereEarth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WhenThursday 16th November – Sunday 19th November, 2023
How to watchbet365 Live Golf Tracker & Sky Sports Golf
OddsRory McIlroy 9/2, Viktor Hovland 5/1, Jon Rahm 11/2, Tyrrell Hatton 12/1, Matt Fitzpatrick 12/1, Tommy Fleetwood 14/1, Min Woo Lee 16/1, Tom Kim 18/1

McIlroy has already won the Race to Dubai title, so those teeing up in this week's 50-runner event have only one thing on their mind – a tournament victory and a first prize of $3m.

McIlroy, who has twice triumphed at the Earth Course, can be backed at 9/2 to complete the hat-trick on Sunday. The Northern Irishman, who has not competed since the Ryder Cup, has said he will be experimenting with a new driver this week.

Hovland, a 5/1 chance for DP World Tour Championship glory, is another of the triumphant European Ryder Cup side who has not been seen in action since the Marco Simone meeting with the United States. The Norwegian is seeking a first DP World Tour Championship success.

Rahm is the most prolific champion in DP World Tour Championship history. The Spaniard has played in this tournament four times and won three times, finishing fourth in the other. The Masters champion can be backed at 11/2 for yet another Earth Course victory this week.

English trio Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood come next in the DP World Tour outright betting. 

Fitzpatrick is a two-time Earth Course champion, while Hatton and Fleetwood are looking to win it for the first time. Fleetwood lives in Dubai, so will enjoy lots of home support should he get into contention.

The top 50 players in the Race to Dubai qualified for this event – and all have taken their place in the field. The new DP World Tour season starts next week.

Each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places are available for the DP World Tour Championship, as well as alternative terms like an eighth the odds, the first eight.

DP World Tour Championship course details

The Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, is a 7,675-yard, par 72, with four par-fives, ten par-fours and four par-threes. 

Henrik Stenson is the 72-hole course-record holder (263) and Justin Rose is the 18-hole course-record holder (2012). 

The Greg Norman-designed Earth Course was specifically built to be the venue for the European Tour's season finale from 2009 onwards. The 620-yard par-five 18th has a stream which splits the fairway in two, so much late drama can occur. 

The greens are large, undulating and quick, with plenty of run-off areas. The winning score has been between 14 and 25 under par in all 14 previous editions. Sunny and warm, generally calm, weather is forecast.

Three to follow

Nicolai Hojgaard

Second place in the Nedbank Challenge last week may be followed by victory in the DP World Tour Championship for Nicolai Hojgaard. The young Dane can be backed at 25/1 for Earth Course glory.

Hojgaard putted superbly in South Africa last week and is relishing his return to this week's layout, where he finished fourth on his only previous visit. He won the Ras al Khaimah Championship last year and has the perfect game to dismantle the long and open courses.

Min Woo Lee

The 16/1 about Min Woo Lee has been popular this week. The Australian youngster has established himself as one of the elite this year, finishing sixth in the Players Championship and fifth in the US Open, adding consistency to his raw talent.

Lee has finished 16th and 12th in his previous two DP World Tour Championship starts and can be fancied to continue that progression over the next four days.

Adrian Meronk

Polish powerhouse Adrian Meronk is third in the Race to Dubai standings, which highlights the quality of his play this season, and he can be backed at 28/1 to put the icing on the cake of his stellar campaign with a DP World Tour Championship triumph.

Meronk, who won the Andalucia Masters at the end of last month, has an excellent record in the Middle East. He was seventh in the DP World Tour Championship last year.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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