Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Betting 2013

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship gets underway on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club and with the world’s top two players in action then there is going to be plenty of interest in the four-day event in the middle-east.

Both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will be desperate to get their seasons off to a winning start and get the mental edge over the other in Abu Dhabi and even with their millions in the bank the €336,725 cheque on offer for the winner will go down very nicely as well.

Neither man has won this event in the past although the Northern Irishman has finished runner-up in both of the previous two years finishing just one stroke behind the winner Robert Rock last year so he will feel he has unfinished business in the competition.

Incredibly over the tournament’s seven year history the winning margin has been just one shot on five separate occasions showing that we could well be expecting a very tight battle again for the title in 2013.

What is also a shock, given how tight most of the tournaments have been is that there have only been four different winners of the event since its inception in 2006. Paul Casey and Martin Kaymer have dominated the competition with the Englishman winning twice and the German Ryder Cup hero claiming three victories between 2008 and 2011.

This incredible record at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club means that Kaymer is a best price of 10/1 to win yet another tournament in the UAE but understandably he is still behind the top two ranked players in the world.

McIlroy is favourite at a best price of 5/1 which is no surprise given his incredible form at the backend of last year including rounding of the season with a win at the DP World Tour Championship held in Dubai. Woods didn’t have as good a year as his young adversary but 2012 was still his best by some way since 2009 and he is rated at 15/2 for the win.

The only other player with reasonably short odds is Justin Rose who is at a best price of 16/1 which seems a decent price given the Englishman’s impressive form at the end of 2012 which saw him win the World Gold Final and rise to fifth in the world rankings. Interestingly Rose is 5/2 to finish as the top Englishman with Casey and Danny Willett his nearest rivals which looks an excellent pick and could be the bet of the tournament.

Potential Outsiders

It is an enormous field in Abu Dhabi and as Rock proved last year an outsider can come through and win the event. Casey may be considered by some due to his previous success here and at 30/1 could be worth an each-way bet, as could the likes of Francesco Molinari (30/1) or Paul Lawrie (45/1).

In the top 20 market Molinari is odds-on whilst Lawrie is out at 11/8 with Sky Bet which could well be worth taking. Englishman Simon Dyson is 3/1 for a top 20 finish and Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed is at 7/2 and after a decent year on the tour in 2012 could be worth a pop.

More so than ever at the beginning of the season it is tough to pick a winner in these large field golf events so there will be plenty of money going on the favourite McIlroy and given his incredible season in 2012 it is difficult to argue with that.