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PGA: McIlroy Favored to Win at Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy

There’s no shortage of star power at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, as former world no. 1 Rory McIlroy will make his first appearance of the 2016 season. The tournament also presents the first time this year the Northern Irishman clashes with golf’s new heavyweight, 22-year-old wunderkid Jordan Spieth.

The first leg of The European Tour Desert Swing features a talented field, with eight major champions, 87 European Tour winners, six European Tour number ones and five former world number ones competing in the 11th consecutive event in the United Arab Emirates.

McIlroy is always a lock to be in the hunt in this tournament, as the 26-year-old has finished lower than 11th just once in eight appearances. He’s finished as a runner-up on four occasions, including last year when Gary Stal came out of nowhere to claim the hardware thanks to a phenomenal showing on the tournament’s final day. As a result, oddsmakers at Bovada have pegged McIlroy as a +375 betting favorite to win the crown.

Another man to watch this week is Martin Kaymer. Kaymer has won the tournament a record three times (2008, 2010 and 2011) while compiling an incredible record in Abu Dhabi since making his debut in 2007. In his 32 rounds at the course, the German is an aggregate 104 under par with a stroke average of 68.8. Bettors looking for value will be pleased to see Kaymer at +1600 on the board.

The tournament marks Spieth’s first regular European Tour event, but it would come as little surprise if he makes his debut a golden one. Spieth is coming off a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in which he compiled a winning score of 30 under par – a personal best for the Texan. Spieth is available for a price of +400 at the shop.

2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Outright Winner Odds

Odds as of January 20 at Bovada

  • Rory McIlroy +375
  • Jordan Spieth +400
  • Rickie Fowler +1600
  • Henrik Stenson +1800
  • Martin Kaymer +1600
  • Branden Grace +1600
  • Byeong Hun An +3000
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +3000
  • Danny Willett +3300
  • Victor Dubuisson +3300
  • Ian Poulter +4000
  • Lee Westwood +4000
  • Andy Sullivan +4000
  • Bernd Wiesberger +4000
  • Thomas Pieters +5000
  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat +5500
  • Thongchai Jaidee +6600
  • Chris Wood +6600
  • Russell Knox +6600
  • Thorbjorn Olesen +6600
  • George Coetzee +7500
  • Joost Luiten +7500
  • Kristoffer Broberg +8000
  • Lucas Bjerregaard +9000
  • Tyrrell Hatton +9000
  • Ross Fisher +10000
  • Brandon Stone +10000
  • Bryson DeChambeau +10000
  • Peter Uihlein +10000
  • Rafael Cabrera Bello +10000
  • Eddie Pepperell +10000
  • Anthony Wall +12500
  • Peter Hanson +12500
  • Soren Kjeldsen +12500
  • Trevor Fisher Jr +12500
  • Alexander Levy +12500
  • Nicolas Colsaerts +12500
  • Robert Rock +12500
  • Tommy Fleetwood +12500
  • David Howell +12500
  • Stephen Gallacher +12500
  • Benjamin Hebert +15000
  • Alejandro Canizares +15000
  • Brett Rumford +15000
  • Pablo Larrazabal +15000
  • Richard Green +15000
  • Paul Lawrie +15000
  • Gary Stal +17500
  • Maximilian Kieffer +17500
  • Romain Wattel +17500
  • Thomas Bjorn +17500
  • Ernie Els +17500
  • Bradley Dredge +20000
  • Felipe Aguilar +20000
  • James Morrison +20000
  • Julien Quesne +20000
  • Marcus Fraser +20000
  • Nathan Holman +20000
  • Alex Noren +20000
  • Lee Slattery +20000
  • Richard Bland +20000
  • Richie Ramsay +20000
  • Marc Warren +20000
  • Marcel Siem +20000
  • David Lipsky +22500
  • Eduardo De La Riva +22500
  • Jorge Campillo +22500
  • Marcus Kinhult +22500
  • Mikko Korhonen +22500
  • Prom Meesawat +22500
  • Scott Hend +22500
  • Fabrizio Zanotti +22500
  • Alvaro Quiros +25000
  • Darren Fichardt +25000
  • David Drysdale +25000
  • Wade Ormsby +25000
  • Andrew Johnston +25000
  • Graeme Storm +25000
  • Mikko Ilonen +25000
  • Oliver Fisher +25000
  • Rikard Karlberg +25000
  • Robert Karlsson +25000
  • Michael Hoey +25000
  • Raphael Jacquelin +25000

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