Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Fantasy Preview

The big hitters are out in full force as the European Tour heads to Abu Dhabi this week.

Rory backing out with a rib/back injury hurts the field a bit, but it’s still jam-packed with studs.

The course is Abu Dhabi Golf Club and it’s been used since 2006. The course is a par 72 that stretches out past 7,500 yards so it’s a long track with bermuda greens, much like the majority of Middle East and Asian events on the Euro Tour.

Players to Watch

Byeong Hun An… It continues to be like night-and-day when you see PGA TOUR An versus Euro Tour An. The Euro Tour version crushes nearly everytime out while the PGA TOUR version is still acclimating. An is looking to have a full schedule on the PGA TOUR this year, so we will get to see less and less of the Euro Tour An. That was a bunch of mumbo-jumbo but in short, pick An this week.

Branden Grace … Three top 20s here but the travel after two Hawaiian events is the only concern.

Martin Kaymer … The Course Horse. Seven top 20s including THREE WINS. The German loves to feast on his favorite tracks so I’d expect him right in the thick of things by week’s end.

Dustin Johnson … Spent all week in Aspen and now he travels across the world for a nice paycheck. How focused with he be on the actual task at hand this week? That’s yet to be determined. Obviously the top talent in the field this week, but his lack of Euro Tour play leaves a lot of question marks.

Courses Horses … Keeping things simple, here are a list of guys that stand out in terms of past performance at the course: Martin Kaymer, George Coetzee, Joost Luiten, Ian Poulter, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Peter Hanson, Henrik Stenson, Thongchai Jaidee, Jamie Donaldson, Branden Grace, Anthony Wall, Tyrrell Hatton, Pablo Larrazabal, Byeong Hun An, Thomas Pieters, Max Kieffer.

My Top 25 for the Abu Dhabi HSBC

1. Martin Kaymer
2. Byeong Hun An
3. Branden Grace
4. Thomas Pieters
5. Joost Luiten
6. Rafa Cabrera Bello
7. Dustin Johnson
8. Henrik Stenson
9. Thongchai Jaidee
10. Tyrrell Hatton
11. Bernd Wiesberger
12. Alex Noren
13. Thomas Aiken
14. Tommy Fleetwood
15. Ian Poulter
16. Ross Fisher
17. Rickie Fowler
18. Andy Sullivan
19. Chris Wood
20. Nicolas Colsaerts
21. George Coetzee
22. Danny Willett
23. Matthew Fitzpatrick
24. Peter Uihlein
25. Maximilian Kieffer

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