The 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the European Tour is taking place this week from January 21-24, 2016, at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club located in the capital city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Here is a list of the betting odds for the golfers to win this week at the 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
The big news for the 2016 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship is that both the #1 ranked player in the world in Jordan Spieth and the #3 ranked player in the world in Rory McIlroy are playing here this week. They are headlining a great field that also includes Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and many other great players in the world today.
Listed below are the betting odds for all the players who are 50 to 1 odds or less to win the 2016 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship with comments. Also listed are some notables who are higher odds than 50 to 1 with comments.
Good luck to all the golfers and especially the bettors this week at the 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship!
1. Rory McIlroy – 4 to 1 odds
Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite to win the 2016 Abu Dhabi Championship and for good reason. McIlroy has yet to win this tournament but he’s been the runner-up here four times including the last two years in 2015 and 2014 (also in 2011 and 2012). So Rory McIlroy obviously likes the course here and he plays well on it.
2. Jordan Spieth – 9/2
Despite being the #1 ranked golfer in the world and having just won the Tournament of Champions in tremendous fashion by eight strokes two weeks ago over runner-up Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth is just the second choice in the betting odds this week at 9/2. Given Rory McIlroy’s seconditis in this tournament Jordan Spieth is probably the better bet here among the two best golfers in the world this week.
3. Rickie Fowler – 12 to 1
Rickie Fowler is the third choice in the betting at odds of 12 to 1. Fowler finished alone in 5th place at the Tournament of Champions two weeks ago but he was 10 strokes behind Jordan Spieth. Fowler should be a little higher in the odds here since he only has four career wins vs eight for Spieth and 21 for Rory McIlroy.
4. Henrik Stenson – 14 to 1
Henrik Stenson has played well in Middle Eastern golf tournaments in his career. He’s won the Qatar Masters and Dubai Desert Classic once each and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai twice. But his last win was in November of 2014 in Dubai.
5. Martin Kaymer – 20 to 1
If you like horses for courses as a bettor then Martin Kaymer might be your man this week. Kaymer has won this tournament three times already (2008, 2010, 2011). The problem with betting Martin Kaymer here, though, is that he has not won a tournament since his U.S. Open win in 2014. Kaymer did finish third here last year.
6. Branden Grace – 22 to 1
Branden Grace has six career wins on the European Tour. His last win was at the 2015 Qatar Masters just about one year ago so he has can certainly win a tournament played in the Middle East on a desert course.
T-7. Matthew Fitzpatrick, Danny Willett, Victor Dubuisson, Byeong Hun An – 33 to 1 odds each
Young 21 year old Matthew Fitzpatrick from England has a lot of golf talent and he won for the first time at the 2015 British Masters last October. Danny Willett has three European Tour wins with his last win coming at the 2015 European Masters in July. Victor Dubuisson has two career wins and both were at the Turkish Airlines Open (2013 and 2015). He tied for fourth here last year. Byeong Hun An from South Korea is 25 and he won for the first time on the European Tour last year at the 2015 BMW PGA Championship in May.
11. Ian Poulter – 45 to 1
Ian Poulter has an impressive golf resume. He’s won 12 times on the European Tour but betting him here at 45 to 1 odds is tough because his last win was back in 2012. That’s a long gap to be winless.
T-12. Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Thomas Pieters, Russell Knox – 50 to 1 odds each
Andy Sullivan is 29 years old and he has three wins on the European Tour and all three came in 2015. Lee Westwood has 23 wins on the European Tour with his last win in 2014. He did win on the Asian Tour last April. Bernd Wiesberger has three tour wins with his last win coming at the 2015 French Open last July. Thomas Pieters is a 23 year old from Belgium who has two career wins and both came in 2015. He tied for fourth here last year. Russell Knox won the 2015 WGC-HSBC Championship on the PGA Tour for his first career win in November. He missed the cut last week at the Sony Open.
- Pablo Larrazabal – 125 to 1 odds
Pablo Larrazabal from Spain is notable here because he won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in 2014 beating both Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson who were co-runners-up in the tournament by one stroke. Larrazabal has four European Tour wins with his last win coming in June of 2015 at the BMW International Open. Larrazabal also has a super hot wife named Gala Ortin.
- Gary Stal – 125 to 1 odds
Gary Stal is the defending champion in this tournament as he beat Rory McIlroy here in 2015 by one stroke. Stal is 23 years old and his win here last year remains his only professional win on the European Tour.
- Robert Rock – 175 to 1 odds
Robert Rock won this tournament in 2012. Rock is 38 years old and his win here in 2012 was the second and last of his career so far on the European Tour to date. His first win was at the Italian Open in 2011.
- Ernie Els – 175 to 1
Ernie Els has yet to win the Adu Dhabi Golf Championship but he has had great success playing in tournaments in the Middle East. Els has a win in the Qatar Masters and he’s won the Dubai Desert Classic three times. Ernie Els is a four-time major winner.
- Stephen Gallacher – 125 to 1 odds
Stephen Gallacher has yet to win this tournament and he only has three career wins on the European Tour. But two of Gallacher’s career wins came at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic so he’s got a chance here this week at big odds.
- Thomas Bjorn – 150 to 1 odds
If you like to bet longshots in golf tournaments look for players who have won many times in the past. Thomas Bjorn fits the bill this week as he has won 15 times on the European Tour. Bjorn has not won since 2013 but at age 44 he could still win a few more times on tour in his career and he’s 150 to 1 odds this week.