The details

Venue: Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman

Date: February 28-March 3, 2019

Course stats: Par 72, 7,365 yards

Course summary: The Al Mouj course was a feature of the Challenge Tour before its debut in the big leagues last year. It’s renowned for large and heavily contoured greens and water is plentiful – coming into play on 10 holes. Wind is a big defence on a links-style layout that runs along the Gulf of Oman shoreline.

Purse: $1.75 million

Defending champion: Joost Luiten (-16)

Weather forecast: Expect the sundials to get to 30 degrees as the tournament gets under way. The wind will be around 10-15 miles per hour on the opening day.

TV Coverage

Thursday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 6.30am; Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 10am

Friday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 6.30am; Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 10am

Saturday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 8am

Sunday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 8am

Oman Open betting tips: each-way selections

Oman Open betting tips

Challenge Tour player Clement Sordet won at Al Mouj in 2017 so knows what it takes to mount a successful campaign on this layout.

Thirty-seventh last year, he arrives in Oman on the back of two decent weeks in Australia. A top 10 at the Vic Open was followed by a solid display in the Super 6s.

The chance to put in another good week – and grab some more European Tour starts – makes me optimistic that prices of 60/1 on the multiple second tour winner could prove a decent shout.

Oman Open betting tips

Paul Waring defied some huge prices with the oddsmakers to land big each-way money when recording solid top 7s at both the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and Dubai Desert Classic. Now he returns to the Middle East and is still 50/1.

After two weeks where he picked up the best part of 350,000 euros, and vaulted up the Race to Dubai standings, he naturally dipped at the Saudi International when finishing tied 54th.

But he’s had three weeks to take stock and I reckon he could have a part to play in a field that is not of the standard he has faced in recent weeks.

He hung around the fringes of the top 50 here 12 months ago but says he likes the course so, given his achievements this year, it feels reasonable to give him another chance.

If those selections have whetted your appetite, find out who Steve thinks is in contention to lift the trophy by turning the page…

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap.

Handicap: 10.9

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