Many of the European Pro Golfers will start out their 2021 season this week in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with the 2021 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
This tournament has been one of the more powerful and highly competed tournaments each year, standing opposite of the PGA’s American Express Golf Tournament. This year, the two tournaments each have some top tier golfers and each will be respectfully competitive.
This tournament has had some of the top golfers turn out and many of the big name players end up in the finals, competing for the win. The tournament has had some really strong winners recently such as Lee Westwood in 2020, Shane Lowry in 2019, Tommy Fleetwood in 2018 and 2017, Rickie Fowler in 2016, Gary Stal in 2105, Pablo Larrazabal in 2014, Jamie Donaldson in 2013, Robert Rock in 2012, Martin Kaymer in 2011, 2010 and 2008, Paul Casey in 2009 and 2007, and Chris DiMarco in 2006.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is one of the tournaments on the European Tour that are considered to be part of the Rolex Series. For those who are unaware, the Rolex Series golf tournaments are the premier events on the European Tour.
This is the 16th year for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship being played at the same location and the course itself has grown to be loved and adored by many of the pro golfers.
Not only is it a beautiful course but the prize money is nothing to hate, with the total purse distribution for the tournament falling in right around $8,000,000, which is $1 million more than last year. The winning golfer will take home a check for $1,333,280 and will also acquire 7,000 Race to Dubai points.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club – National Course Details
The 2021 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is played at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s National Course in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Peter Harradine designed this course back in 1998 as a desert type of course.
This course measures 7,583 yards and plays as a Par 72. The course is a typical flat desert course that we are used to seeing in this part of the world. You normally wouldn’t see many lakes in the desert but here at Abu Dhabi, they actually have 9 Salt Water Hazards in the means of lakes that run through the course.
In addition to the 9 Salt Water Lake hazards, they also have 90 bunkers that are strategically set up to cause havoc among the players. The fairways are very tight and have seemed to cause the most trouble over the past few years.
Golfers that have strong Greens In Reg numbers always seem to do well here, while those that miss those fairways and end up towards the bottom of the ranks.
You will also want to look for those with decent Approach numbers. If you don’t have a golfer that is able to attack the hole after the tee shot, chances are you are going to struggle to cash the winner.
The greens here at Abu Dhabi are fast, running around a 12 on the stimpmeter. They are made up of Bermuda Grass and can be hard to work around. They will be very rewarding for those that can putt well but for those that don’t have the best putting game, you will struggle.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Golfers
This week, for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship,I am going to give you my top 5 plays and then will also give you some other guys below that I am also considering as great options. Not going to lie, I like a lot this week so let’s not waste any time and jump right in.
Victor Perez +3300 at Bookmaker – Our top golfer for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is Victor Perez. Perez was playing very well when the year ended, finishing in 7th place in his last tournament, the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. If his game this year is anywhere near last year, then he should have no problem competing here. He was 3rd on the European Tour in Off The Tee and 5th in Tee To Green. Additionally, he finished 2nd here last year so no reason to think he goes backwards in this spot.
Thomas Pieters +4500 at MyBookie – When it comes down to straight performance numbers, no one in this tournament ranks better than Thomas Pieters. He is 2nd at Tee To Green, 14th in Greens in Reg, 16th in both Driving Distance and Off The Tee. His distance is going to be a major benefit here and the fact that he has played here 7 years in a row, doesn’t hurt any. In those 7 tournaments, he has three top 3 finishes including a 2nd place runner up in 2016, 4th place in 2015 and 5th place in 2019. At these odds, Pieters is a tremendous value.
Wilco Nienaber +7000 at Bookmaker – Another golfer that played really well at the end of the season last year was Wilco Nienaber. Nienaber finished the year with four straight Top 25 finishes, which include a 2nd at the Joburg Open, 11th at the South African Open, 12th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and 23rd at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. At 70/1, how can you ignore him knowing his ability and his distance?
Jordan Smith +11000 at MyBookie – One of my two longshots that I will most definitely be playing is Jordan Smith. Smith was second on the European Tour last year in Greens In Reg and his Driving Accuracy is one of the best in this tournament. Smith has played here 4 times in his career and has done fair, finishing in 11th, 21st, 39th and 61st. His odds of 95/1 are insane and some of the best I’ve personally seen in several years!
Ryan Fox +12000 at MyBookie – My other longshot of the week is Ryan Fox. Fox is 3rd Tee To Green, 9th Driving Distance and 19th Off The Tee so please someone explain to me why this guy is 120/1? He is another golfer that certainly does not belong carrying these heavy odds but hey, if they want to give them to us, then we’ll take them. Sign me up for some Ryan Fox this week!
Others To Consider – Andy Sullivan +4000, Sami Valmaki +5500, Antoine Rozner +8000, Sean Crocer +11000 and Rasmus Hojgaard +12000.