Dubai is the place to be this week as the Dubai Desert Classic gets underway at the Emirates golf club. Tiger Woods is one of three players in the top 10 world rankings to be in attendance this week, with the other two players being former world number 1 Rory Mcilroy and last years main man Henrik Stenson.
Tiger Woods is looking to win his third victory at the Emirates, but is not the favourite to win. He is in fact second favourite on 6/1 just behind Northern Irishman Rory Mcilroy. Even though the American is the current world number 1, doubts have been cast over Woods after his recent performance at the Farmers Insurance last week in California. Woods carded a 79 on day 3 of the tournament which took him out of contention and gave his critics a great excuse to let loose on whether or not Woods has the ability to become the greatest golfer of all time.
Rory Mcilroy is the favourite at 3/1 after a good end to 2013 and a good start to 2014. Mcilroy had trouble throughout 2013 after changing from Titleist to Nike, however most people feel it wasn’t the clubs that hindered his performance but what his critics were saying about his decision to change his clubs and equipment. Mcilroy has always been under pressure ever since his first major win at the US open which forced more pressure on his shoulders rather than relieved this pressure. The Dubai Desert Classic was the scene of Mcilroy’s first European Tour win back in 2009 and since then he as won two majors and reached world number 1. The event has always been a favourite of his with his three starts since 2009 finishing sixth, tenth and fifth which inevitably means he is always in contention. After his win in Australia at the end of last year and a second place finish in his seasonal debut in Abu Dhabi, Mcilroy is keen to impress in Dubai this week.