Preview –Omega Ladies European Tour –Dubai Ladies Masters –Emirates Golf Club – Dubai, United Arab Emirates –
Shanshan Feng headlines the field at the Ladies European Tour’s Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
Emirates Golf Club hosts the tournament inside the United Arab Emirates, which features a mix of the youngest and rising starts in women’s golf. The event is the season-finale on the Ladies European Tour and boasts a 108-player field representing nearly 30 countries.
Feng, 5th in the latest Rolex Rankings, is the outright betting favorite at 2 ½-to-1 odds, according to www.skybet.com. She won the LPGA Tour’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in October and logged 12 Top 10s in 2014. She has four career LPGA Tour victories. She was also recently a runner-up in November at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico.
Her biggest challenge might come from Anna Nordqvist, a multi-time champion on the LPGA Tour in early 2014. At 12th in the rankings, Nordvqist is the only other Top 20 player competing. The field does feature Aussie Minjee Lee, who spent time as the top amateur in the world over the last year.
Lee was T-1 last week in the LPGA Tour Qualifying School at 10-under. She enters this week at 82nd in the Rolex Ranking.
Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, earned her LPGA Tour status last week as well. She makes her Dubai debut this week at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
The season-finale includes the sub-plot for the ISPS Handa Order of Merit on the Ladies European Tour. England’s Charley Hull, 18, leads the standings by about 20,000 Euro ahead of a Gwladys Nocera. Both are in the field this week.
Other Golf news:
- Charl Schwartzel tees it up Thursday on the European Tour at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. Schwartzel is the two-time defending champion. He also won the title in 2005. At 31st in the world, he is top-ranked player in the field, which includes Louis Oosthuizen and last week’s European Tour season-opener champ Danny Willett.
- Matt Kuchar and Harris English are 3-to-1 betting favorites to defend their title at the PGA Tour’s Franklin Templeton Shoot Out in Naples, Florida this weekend. Graeme McDowell and Gary Woodland make up a formidable duo. The teams of Patrick Reed-Brandt Snedeker and FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel-Ian Poulter are also featured.
- Four of the Top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking including 4th-ranked Bubba Watson and No. 7 Sergio Garcia are in the field this week at the Asian Tour’s Thailand Championship. Watson won the WGC-HSBC Champions in China last month. Garcia is a 5-1 betting favorite.
- Adam Scott, World No. 3, tops the field in the Australian Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia. A better-than 2-to-1 favorite, Scott is set to take on a host of Aussie’s best including Australian Masters champion Nick Cullen, John Senden, Steven Bowditch and Greg Chalmers. Brendon de Jonge, Boo Weekley and Scott Stallings are also competing.