DP World Tour golf tips: Shane Lowry looking to bounce back in Dubai Desert Classic

While Rory McIlroy is favourite to dominate the Dubai Desert Classic, Tipstrr golf expert Martin Colwell suggests there are plenty of worthy contenders capable of challenging the Northern Irishman.

The DP World Tour continues its Middle East swing this week and travels on to the Emirates Golf Club for the Hero Dubai Desert Classic.

The second of the five-legged Rolex Series, this elevated event has $9million up for grabs, and Viktor Hovland will be defending the title he won by beating Richard Bland in a playoff a year ago.

This par-72 desert course stretches across 7,428 yards of an exposed layout, where the wind can regularly impact play. There are several dog-leg holes to contend with, and it is very much a strategic test with ten water hazards to negotiate in a testing balance of risk and reward.

With flat Bermuda grass greens Bermuda to aim at, the key metrics at this course are greens in regulation and strokes gained tee to green.

Rory McIlroy is the short-odds favourite this week, but while the Northern Irishman has a good course record, he has recently lost winning positions here on two occasions - plus his record in January is not great.

Next in the betting at 12/1 is Tyrrell Hatton, who is no stranger to success in this part of the world, and a closing round of 63 last week put him in the places in Abu Dhabi and suggests his game is in good shape.

Tommy Fleetwood (16/1) was not quite on his game last week, but will prefer this course, while 18/1 shot Shane Lowry looked set to challenge last week, but suffered a poor last day that belied his early play, so if he can put Sunday's performance behind him, then the form pick seems to be with the Irishman.

Min Woo Lee was another contender last week, and was right in it until the 71st hole, where he opened the door again for Victor Perez. If Lee can cut out that type of error, then he can reasonably expect to be a multiple winner on this tour.

Robert Macintyre has played well at this course previously, including two top ten finishes. His game looked solid last week and the 25/1 looks a nice fit for each way punters.

The arch-villain LIV ambassador Patrick Reed is currently 60/1, which seems high for a player who has won this tournament previously. He was not in the best of form last week, but that may have been one to blow the cobwebs away and he might just as easily show up strongly this week.

Henrik Stenson, another LIV golfer, used to live near to this course and has had multiple top tens here. Stenson contended for the top twenty last week and so his game is in good order.

Thorbjorn Olesen has had four top ten finishes on this course, and he rediscovered some form again in 2022, winning at The Belfry. He has also overcome some personal issues that had blighted him previously, and if at his best, then the 66/1 looks reasonable value.

Shubanker Sharma contended last week and has had some good finishes in Emirates tournaments in the past, making the 100/1 available appear tempting each way value in Dubai.

With so many quality players primed to perform, this tournament might not turn out to be quite the one horse race that the betting market suggests.

Martin Colwell is an experienced tipster who specialises in golf, and his PuttForDough23$$ service is available for trial on Tipstrr until the end of January by clicking here

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