Rory McIlroy is already a winner before he tees it up at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai this week for the final stop this season on the DP World Tour.
With 5,164.5 points in the DP World Tour rankings this season, McIlroy clinched his fifth Race to Dubai title last week without even playing in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Adrian Meronk, who finished tied for 15th at the Nedbank, was the only player who could’ve caught McIlroy in the Race to Dubai (formerly Order of Merit) standings with a stronger showing.
Rory McIlroy to win DP Tour Championship
However, the purse at the DP World Tour Championship is a lucrative $10 million, with the winner taking home $3 million for their efforts, so motivation will be high for the top 50 players in the DP Tour rankings.
Several big-name players are in the field this week looking for a huge payday. Let’s dive in and find a few players to back using bet365‘s odds.
McIlroy enters as the co-favourite with Viktor Hovland and Jon Rahm to win this week at the Earth Course. The field also features several high-profile European players, such as Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Nicolai Højgaard, and Tyrrell Hatton, among others. Exactly 10 golfers from Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning squad will be teeing it up.
|Min Woo Lee||+1800|
Three players to back
Jon Rahm: +500: The Spaniard simply loves playing at the Earth Course and is the only three-time champion of the event. He secured a two-shot victory in 2022 to make him the defending champion this year and he also won in 2019 and 2017. He also secured a top-five finish in his only other appearance that he didn’t win at the event. He’s second in the Race to Dubai rankings behind McIlroy and won four golf events this year, including the prestigious Masters. We’re not getting great odds here, but bet365 does currently have Rahm boosted to +550 to win the event.
Matt Fitzpatrick +1200: Like Rahm, Fitzpatrick also has an incredible history at this event. He won in 2016 and 2020, beating both Hatton and Lee Westwood by a stroke. He also finished as the runner-up at the 2021 edition, finishing three strokes behind Collin Morikawa. Fitzpatrick has two wins this season, and one of them came at the DP World Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October. We’re getting good odds here at +1200 for a player of this calibre in a shortened field.
Nicolai Højgaard +2500: The Danish golfer has been sniffing around a win all year on the DP World Tour, finishing in the top five in three of the last four events. He’s coming off a strong showing at the Nedbank last week, where he finished second to American Max Homa. The 22-year-old hasn’t won an event this year, so he’ll be hungry to finish the season with a bang this week. Højgaard also gained some valuable experience playing on Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team this year, and he’s been playing very solidly and with confidence since then.
Boosted 3-leg parlay: McIlroy, Fleetwood, Fitzpatrick to all finish in top 10