SERGO GARCIA did us proud with a blemish free seven-under 65 on the last day to win the Qatar Masters last weekend after a play-off with Mikko Illonen.
It was the second year running Garcia had a final-day flourish only this time he won after being tipped at 8-1.
Rory McIlroy must be the main bet this week in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. After losing two weeks ago by one after a two-shot penalty he’ll be up to make amends.
Rafa Cabrera Bello looks another good one. He has finished third and fourth in the first two competitions of the “Desert Swing” and can be there or thereabouts at the Emirates Golf Club. He’s had six sub-70 rounds in his last two competitions so likes the desert courses.
I also have an inkling for Joos Luiten who I backed for the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship two weeks ago. He didn’t play badly at all there in finishing sixth and could go a bit higher this week.
Thorbjorn Olesen is one I have been keeping my eye on in the past year and has the potential to be a real star. He didn’t have a good Abu Dhabi tournament but last week had four sub-70 rounds to finish tied for third and looks like coming into form.
He had a good early season in the desert last year finishing 2nd, 22nd and tied for third in this tournament behind Stephen Gallacher.
Meanwhile, over at the Phoenix Open three times winner Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson are all here to take on the Scottsdale Course.
After tipping Mickelson last week I am tempted again this week and I'll be on as long as he displays no problems after suffering from back trouble.
Snedeker was runner-up last year and although he’s not had a great start to this season he could go close again.
Graham DeLaet has had a steady start to the season with three top-10 finishes, including a second last week, so could be worth an each way.
15pt staking plan
Rory McIlroy 3pt win (7-2, Coral)
Rafa Cabrera Bella 1pt ew (25-1, various)
Joos Luiten 1pt ew (30-1, Betfred)
Thorbjorn Olesen 1pt ew (25-1, various)
Brandt Snedeker 1pt ew (33-1, various)
Graham DeLaet 1pt ew (35-1, bet365)
Phil Mickelson 2pt win (14-1, Mickelson)