Ras Al Khaimah Championship 2022

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Ras Al Khaimah Championship for BetWithUs

Feb 3-6

Al Hamra Golf Club

Par 72, 7353 yards

The European Tour heads to the United Arab Emirates for the Ras Al Khaimah Championship at the Al Hamra Golf Club, a track used three times on the Challenge Tour in recent seasons.

BetWithUs has two of Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ famed long shot golf picks in the United Arab Emirates this week at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship

BetWithUs Golf Picks

Joakim Lagergren – 80/1 (81.00)

Andrea Pavan – 125/1 (126.00)

Swede, Joakim Lagergren played an eye-catching event last week at the Dubai Desert Classic which is not a venue I’d expect to suit him.  I know many good judges expected Lagergren to start the season well the week previous at the Abu Dhabi Championship and he was very popular given it was a Kyle Phillips design.  That wasn’t for me as I’ve followed the thirty-year old from Stockholm successfully over recent years and the one thing, I’ve learnt is that he needs a few weeks to find his best game.  It’s a fact in all sports that some players play well or poorly off a break and clinically Lagergren is in the later category over a decent sample.  The opposite to that is that there’s usually an indicator that Lagergren is about to catch fire and that evidence was provided last week in Dubai.  He has no course experience at Al Hamra Golf Club, but the designer Peter Harradine has designed several tracks on the European Tour.  It’s a well-known fact designer’s leave an unseen signature and one Harradine design was the Doha Golf Club where interestingly Lagergren has a history of playing well with a runner up finish in 2017 the highlight.  The short game is the strength of Joakim Lagergren and this week’s track is known to be forgiving off the tee so at an easily available 80/1 (81.00) let’s take an each way chance on Joakim Lagergren peaking this week at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship.

Italian, Andrea Pavan has started 2022 in fine form and looks like he’s capable of putting behind him a terrible slump in form that dates back to the end of 2019.  That year was a good one for the thirty-two-year-old from Rome whose win at the BMW International was his second on the European Tour after four Challenge Tour wins.  Golf is a sport played predominately in the mind and when it goes wrong it manifests itself terribly in a player’s psyche so much so that there were weeks when it looked like the Italian’s long game had taken his confidence to the rock bottom of the pile.  His talent and determination are starting to fight back and with his confidence on the rise he’s now on my radar.  Yes, there’s a chance he will bounce but he has positive experience of playing well at Al Hamra Golf Club to draw on.  There was a time that Andrea Pavan was being touted as a potential Ryder Cup player and I can remember a time when former Ryder Cupper Paul Way appeared to have the world in front of him before a dreadful slump in form meant like Pavan he could barely break 80.  His slump came in 1986 after winning the prestigious PGA Championship of 1985 and it saw him plummet from 10th to 152nd in the European Tour of Merit.  Amazingly, though once he managed to turn it around again in 1987 his confidence rose rapidly allowing him to reach the dizzy heights of winning the Panasonic European Open immediately.  I’m wondering if this week Andrea Pavan will be Paul Way revisited by winning the Ras Al Khaimah Championship at 125/1 (126.00).

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