Abu Dhabi Championship Fantasy Preview

The European Tour is now off and running after a warmup event in South Africa. They head to the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi Championship.

This field is loaded with big names like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Rose, along with plenty of other stars.

The golf course, Abu Dhabi GC, is a par 72 that stretches out to nearly 7,600 yards. There is plenty of course history to look at, playing the role of host since the inaugural 2006 edition.

Past champions include Rickie Fowler, Tommy Fleetwood, Martin Kaymer (x3), and Paul Casey (x2). Less notable winners include Gary Stal, Pablo Larrazabal, Jamie Donaldson, and Robert Rock.

Keeping it pretty simple with just four angles, let’s see who plays well on similar setups:

Top Performers on Bermuda Greens (since 2015)

Rory Mcilroy
Byeong Hun An
Bernd Wiesberger
Justin Rose
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Branden Grace
Henrik Stenson
Tyrrell Hatton
Martin Kaymer
Joost Luiten

Top Performers on Long Courses (since 2015)

Branden Grace
Henrik Stenson
Byeong Hun An
Rory Mcilroy
Bernd Wiesberger
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Ross Fisher
Martin Kaymer
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Thongchai Jaidee

Top Performers in the Middle East (since 2015)

Rory Mcilroy
Byeong Hun An
Branden Grace
Bernd Wiesberger
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Henrik Stenson
Tyrrell Hatton
Martin Kaymer
Justin Rose
Joost Luiten

Top Performers in Strong Fields (since 2015)

Rory Mcilroy
Byeong Hun An
Henrik Stenson
Branden Grace
Tyrrell Hatton
Martin Kaymer
Bernd Wiesberger
Justin Rose
Ross Fisher
Soren Kjeldsen

Golfers that show up on all FOUR lists: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Bernd Wiesberger, Byeong Hun An

Golfers that show up on 3-of-4 lists: Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafa Cabrera Bello

Golfers that show up on 2-of-4 lists: Joost Luiten, Ross Fisher

My Top 25 for the 2018 Abu Dhabi Championship

1. Rory Mcilroy
2. Justin Rose
3. Dustin Johnson
4. Branden Grace
5. Henrik Stenson
6. Paul Casey
7. Tyrrell Hatton
8. Bernd Wiesberger
9. Byeong Hun An
10. Matt Kuchar
11. Martin Kaymer
12. Rafa Cabrera Bello
13. Ross Fisher
14. Matthew Fitzpatrick
15. Tommy Fleetwood
16. Hao Tong Li
17. Lee Westwood
18. Joost Luiten
19. Alexander Bjork
20. Shubhankar Sharma
21. Soren Kjeldsen
22. Andy Sullivan
23. Paul Dunne
24. Thorbjorn Olesen
25. Kiradech Aphibarnrat

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