Desert Dubai Classic Fantasy Preview

Staying in the Middle East, the European Tour heads to Dubai to take on Emirates GC.

Looking at the performances lists below, we’ll notice that it’s very similar to last week’s event setup, except for the lack of course length that we saw at Abu Dhabi. Some of the shorter hitters should be able to flash back into contention this week.

There is a funny link with this event and Masters winners with Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia being the last two winners here. I wouldn’t put too much stock in that, but for what it’s worth, Emirates and Augusta National have the same course length score in my spreadsheets and they also both have Bermuda with overseeded rye fairways. Still likely just a coincidence but there are a few reasons why success could translate across the two courses.

We also have some pretty clear-cut course fits this week AKA the class of the field just like last week. There are 7 golfers that check all four boxes below, which is easily the most. There is basically a giant top-tier bubble this week with the field thinning out dramatically after the top 10 or 15 golfers.

Let’s see who pops:

Top Performers on Bermuda Greens (since 2015)

Rory Mcilroy
Bernd Wiesberger
Byeong Hun An
Branden Grace
Henrik Stenson
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Tyrrell Hatton
Martin Kaymer
Tommy Fleetwood
Sergio Garcia

Top Performers on Par 72s (since 2015)

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

Top Performers in the Middle East (since 2015)

Rory Mcilroy
Byeong Hun An
Branden Grace
Henrik Stenson
Bernd Wiesberger
Tyrrell Hatton
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Martin Kaymer
Sergio Garcia
Jeunghun Wang

Top Performers in Strong Fields (since 2015)

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

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

Golfers that show up on 3-of-4 lists: Sergio Garcia

Golfers that show up on 2-of-4 lists: Tommy Fleetwood, Ross Fisher, Soren Kjeldsen

My Top 25 for the 2018 Desert Dubai Classic

1. Rory Mcilroy
2. Henrik Stenson
3. Sergio Garcia
4. Byeong Hun An
5. Branden Grace
6. Bernd Wiesberger
7. Tyrrell Hatton
8. Martin Kaymer
9. Rafa Cabrera Bello
10. Ross Fisher
11. Tommy Fleetwood
12. Matthew Fitzpatrick
13. Louis Oosthuizen
14. Soren Kjeldsen
15. Shubhankar Sharma
16. Lee Westwood
17. Joost Luiten
18. Ian Poulter
19. Paul Dunne
20. Dylan Frittelli
21. Hao Tong Li
22. Andy Sullivan
23. Alexander Bjork
24. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
25. Alexander Levy

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