The controversial tournament is now upon us. Betting tipster Steve Carroll takes a look at who might prevail in this inaugural event
Venue: Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia
Date: January 31-February 3, 2019
Course stats: Par 70, 7,010 yards
Course summary: Holes play in a variety of different directions, which should keep the players honest with the prevailing wind coming off the Red Sea. The 470-yard 6th is the toughest hole for the members while both the front and back nines finish with par 5s.
Purse: $3.5 million
Weather forecast: Partly cloudy on Thursday but sunny through the rest of the event and highs of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Wind can be a factor in this part of the region for afternoon starters.
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf, 8am and 11.30a
Friday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 8am and 11.30am
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 9.30am
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 9.30am
Saudi International betting tips: Each-way tips
With no course form of which to speak, we’re going to rely a little bit on solid performances in the Middle East to guide us.
Swing changes have made all the difference for Paul Waring and, if you followed us last week, you were cashing in on his 200/1 tied 3rd in Dubai for a decent payout.
That came on the back of a top 10 in Abu Dhabi so he’s clearly putting together some great stuff in the desert.
Even so, he’s still a three figure price this week (110/1 at best) and I’ll have another small play on the Englishman until he shows signs of his form cooling off.
We could have a similar situation with Alvaro Quiros. The big hitting Spaniard arrives in Saudi Arabia having matched Waring’s achievement of a podium finish in Dubai.
That was his best performance since finishing runner up to Alexander Levy in Morocco last April and so, at 150/1, it might be worth following him in again with a speculative punt and hoping he can put together four more consistent rounds.
It hasn’t happened recently – it is 2012 since he last recorded consecutive top 10s – but at the price I’ll pop a pound his way.
Take way a showing around 50th in Dubai and Tom Lewis has also been a consistent performer in recent weeks.
Top 10 in Abu Dhabi and tied 7th at the DP World Tour Championship, last November, the Englishman has some notable finishes in these parts.
Just inside the top 70 in the world rankings, he has got plenty to play for with WGC events and automatic major qualification within his sights.
I’ll forgive the Portugal Masters winner an average week last time out, given his overall run since winning at Dom Pedro Victoria last September, and take the plunge at prices around 66/1.
So that’s who Steve is backing each-way. Who does he think is going to grab all the glory on Sunday? Turn the page to find out…