Fantasy Three to watch in Dubai

Three players worth considering for your Fantasy teams this week at the DP World Tour Championship.

Three players worth considering for your Fantasy teams this week at the DP World Tour Championship.

Forty-seven tournaments down. One to go.

After another thrilling, rollercoaster year on the European Tour, the 2017 Race to Dubai comes down to four rounds across the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Who will win the big prize and who will come out on top in Fantasy world?

To help you structure your all-important final team of the season, our stats guru has scoured the form books to bring you these three players you might want to consider for inclusion…

 Pick of the favourites: Justin Rose

Hardly a huge call, granted, but you’d be silly not to be drawn towards one of the hottest properties in global golf right now. Justin Rose knows he needs a massive week in Dubai to be in with a chance of becoming European Number One for the second time – and he’s got previous form in this regard. Nine years ago, Rose came into the 2008 finale at Valderrama needing to win to secure the year-long title and he did just that. Fast forward to 2017 and it’s a pretty similar picture but this time, the Englishman travels to the season-ending event at Jumeirah Golf Estates in top form off the back of consecutive wins at the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open and the benefit of a week off last week.

Looking to become just the fourth player in the last 28 years to win in three straight starts after Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy, Rose has finished T10-T10-T2-10-1-1 in his last six worldwide events and also has some serious course form, too. The 37 year old has three top tens on the Earth Course, including two runner-up finishes, averages 69.3 in 20 career starts here and is the course record holder thanks to a blistering 62 (ten under) in 2012. With par five scoring and birdie making paramount on this layout, it’s also worth noting that Rose has averaged 1.2 Greens Under Regulation per round in his career here. No one in the field averages more.


Form horse: Francesco Molinari

This week playing his ninth straight DP World Tour Championship, Francesco Molinari has only twice come lower than 16th here having recorded four top six finishes in his last seven starts on the Earth Course. Averaging 69.5 over 32 career rounds here – the third best in the field after Tyrrell Hatton and Victor Dubuisson – only Matt Fitzpatrick has hit more fairways here than Molinari’s 77.9 per cent so he’ll likely give himself a lot of birdie chances once again this year.

The Italian hasn’t won in 2017 but has two runner-up finishes to his name (at the BMW PGA Championship and the US PGA Championship) while he also finished tied sixth a few weeks ago in the Italian Open. A third round 65 last week in South Africa got him into a share of fifth heading into Sunday before eventually finishing tied 27th and there’ll be plenty of good scoring memories to propel his title bid in Dubai.


Wildcard: Nicolas Colsaerts

Despite a tied 57th place finish last week on a course not necessarily suited to his game, Nicolas Colsaerts remains our wildcard pick for the season climax in Dubai. The big Belgian finished a narrow tied second behind Rose at the Turkish Airlines Open two weeks ago, when he ranked third in Putts per GiR at Regnum Carya Resort.

One of the longest hitters in the game, he’ll be coming into a lot of the greens with a lot shorter clubs than most – backed up by the fact that he is the only player in the field able to match the aforementioned Rose’s 1.2 Greens Under Regulation per round average. Last year, meanwhile, he averaged more than 310 yards from the tee and hit more than 80 per cent of Greens in Regulation en route a tied fourth finish. Could this be the week he breaks his five-year winless streak? You could pick a worse place to do it…