Henrik Stenson is the leading world ranked player but there is little doubt who will be attracting most of the early attention in the event, namely Tiger Woods who is a two-time winner of this event and still commands the intrigue of the golfing world.
Woods missed the cut by some way at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open at another venue where he has played well previously, Torrey Pines, and appears to still be some way form where he needs to be in order to contend.
Stenson however is another former winner who is playing well with five consecutive top tens in his last five starts and must surely be a factor this week.
Rafa Cabrera Bello won here in 2012 and finished runner-up last year and just last week finished in a share of 6th in Qatar. His form over the past twelve months has been remarkably consistent and he appears likely to be once again amongst the contenders on Sunday.
Lee Westwood is playing well enough of late to suggest he could win after being twice runner-up in earlier years over the Emirates Golf Club layout.
Martin Kaymer has been four times inside the top four in this event in the past and has been playing well enough of late for him to be a genuine chance for the title. He was 6th in Abu Dhabi and has missed only one cut worldwide in his last 22 starts so surely a break in the winning drought can’t be too far off.
Jeunghun Wang won last week in Qatar and with a win of that significance behind him he stands a good chance of being in the mix again despite this being his first time to this event.
There is strong line-up of Australians headed by Scott Hend but amateur star Curtis Luck gets another opportunity to showcase his considerable skills in his lead-up to his debut appearance at the Masters.
Recent Hong Kong Open winner, Sam Brazel, former winner of this event, Richard Green, Jason Scrivener, Andrew Dodt, Nathan Holman and Wade Ormsby make up the list of Australians in the field.
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