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january 15th 17.10
The European Tour returns this week with the Abu Dhabi Championship which has been upgraded to a Rolex Series event and hence attracted a very strong field – my brief thoughts on my three picks – don’t forget it starts in a little over ten hours

Joost Luiten
30 points ew 80/1 1/5 6
On scrolling through the prices the first player I stopped at was Luiten – he is usually a lot shorter on tracks he has a good record on. Abu Dhabi is one of them having finished 6/6/5 in his seven starts – hence why I wanted the six place option! His wrist injury last year is well documented and he played consistently well when he returned in the Autumn and will be champing at the bit to get going this year. He is already a six time winner on tour with his last victory coming just over a year ago in the desert in Oman

Marcus Kinhult
30 points ew top Continental Euro 40/1 (33/1 OK)
40 points win 170+ Betfair

The young Swede had a great year in his first full season on tour not missing a cut after July and bagging three top 5 finishes. The first of those came at Doha when 3rd in Qatar a desert course also designed by Harradine, in 2016 he was also 4th on the Challenge Tour at the Harradine designed Al Hamra course. He was then 5th at Le Golf National in a top class field trading at odds on at one point – it is worth noting that Fleetwood, Kaymer and Larrazabal have both won there and here. His final top finish came in Portugal where he touched 9/2 in running before finishing 4th. My problem is that he has yet to secure a win at any level hence playing him in the marke MORE
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