Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ finds two outsiders against the field in the Abu Dhabi Championship for BetWithUs

Jan 20-23

Yas Links, Abu Dhabi

Par 72, 7450 yards

The 2022 European Tour year starts in its usual location of Abu Dhabi but a change of course to Yas Links designed by Kyle Phillips.  He’s the course designer famed for Kingsbarns in Scotland which is part of the course rotation of the Dunhill Links Championship and many others.  The Abu Dhabi Championship has Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa leading a stellar field but also bringing some each-way value lurking below in the betting market potentially 

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Rafa Cabrera Bello – each-way @ 90/1 (91.00)

Rafa Cabrera Bello – Top 20 @ 3/1 (4.00)

Kristoffer Broberg – each-way @ 200/1 (201.00)

Kristoffer Broberg – Top 20 @ 5/1 (6.00)

This is a challenging week to open the European Tour from a tipping perspective with no known course form.  What we have though is a track with a huge reputation, awarded #1 Best Course in the Middle East by Golf Digest in 2013 and #1 ranked course in the Middle East by Golf Course Architecture of 2011.  Lee Westwood is quoted as saying, “The course is very good.  It’s very similar to the other ones Kyle Phillips has designed, it’s got a feel like Kingsbarns to it (2011)”.

So how did I get to my selections you might ask?

In Rafa Cabrera Bello’s case, two major links are pointing to him so it’s hard to ignore.  Like Lee Westwood stated, “it’s very similar to other ones Kyle Phillips has designed (2011)”.  Another Scottish Kyle Phillips design alongside Kingsbarns is Dundonald Links that hosted the 2017 Scottish Open that Rafa Cabrera Bello won.  Throughout the years the thirty-seven-year-old Spaniard from Las Palmas has often been a strong starter to a season or a proven ability to play well fresh off a break.  This propensity is illustrated perfectly here in Abu Dhabi over the years on the European Tour’s opening event where he’s finished six times in the top 20 from ten starts, three of which were top 7 finishes so drawing each way returns.  No need to look any further than Rafa Cabrera Bello each way and top 20.

If I was contented with my criteria for my opening selection, I’m delighted to get 200/1 (201.00) about Swede Kristoffer Broberg this week.  It’s fair to say, if the European Tour did a Comeback Player of the Year, Broberg may have won the prize for his win at last year’s Dutch Open.  Interestingly, the Dutch Open was played at a Kyle Phillips design, the Bernardus Golf and it was an impressive victory for the thirty-five-year-old, his first since 2015 having endured injuries and a dreadful slump in form.  It’s eye-catching that performance was after a months’ break, and he began 2022 impressively with a top 20 in this tournament so we know how well he plays fresh.  Therefore, take Kristoffer Broberg for back-to-back top 20s in Abu Dhabi and each way this week.

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