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European Tour 2019 Saudi International Odds and Picks

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Justin Rose is coming off an impressive victory at the Farmers Insurance Open. Photo by Tour Pro Golf Clubs (flickr) [CC License].
  • Four of the top five golfers in the world will be competing at the 2019 Saudi International
  • Haotong Li is poised to break through following his rules controversy
  • We’ve narrowed down the golfers with the best chance of emerging victorious

To say the inaugural Saudi International tournament is loaded with superstar talent would be a massive understatement – four of the top five in the world are competing including Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau.

The deep field doesn’t end there with the two most recent Masters champions teeing it up to go along with other star players.

2019 Saudi International Odds

Golfer Odds to Win 2019 Saudi International at Bovada (01/28/19)
Justin Rose +600
Bryson DeChambeau +600
Dustin Johnson +650
Brooks Koepka +900
Sergio Garcia +1400
Patrick Reed +1800
Matt Wallace +2000
Ian Poulter +2200
Haotong Li +2500
Henrik Stenson +2800
Thomas Pieters +2800
Thorbjorn Olesen +2800
Lee Westwood +3300
Joost Luiten +5000
Tom Lewis +5000

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Which Big Name is Primed to Win the Saudi International?

Given that this is a brand new golf tournament there is no course history to speak of which makes predicting a winner even more difficult than usual.

Justin Rose and Bryson DeChambeau are coming off victories this last week in impression fashion so you’d be a fool to discount their chances. However, I’ll be that potential fool in saying winning back-to-back weeks is extremely rare, so I’d be more inclined to pass on Rose and DeChambeau.

Dustin Johnson somehow hasn’t won anywhere since July, which for him equates to a slump in his last nine official events. In that span he’s racked up five top 10’s so he’s still playing strong golf. Of the big names I’m looking at him to win this week.

Haotong Li Embroiled in Controversy

Haotong Li had a fantastic showing last week which should’ve netted a tie for third finish. However, he was penalized two strokes on the final green for violating one of the many new rules to the 2019 season.

That sketchy ruling cost Li over $100,000 and created major waves among players. Even commissioner Keith Pelley was not happy with it.

Haotong Li’s last 8 tournaments

Tournament Result
Omega Dubai Desert Classic T-12th
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship CUT
DP World Tour Championship T-30th
Nedbank Golf Challenge T-5th
Turkish Airlines Open 2nd
WGC-HSBC Champions T-11th
Sky Sports British Masters T-9th
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship T-5th

The affable Li has the demeanor to brush off such a mistake and at +2500 I’m looking straight at him to put this controversy behind him and emerge victorious for the third time on the European Tour.

Last 5 European Tour Winners

Tournament Winner
Omega Dubai Desert Classic Bryson DeChambeau
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Shane Lowry
Alfred Dunhill Championship David Lipsky
South Africa Open Louis Oosthuizen
Australian PGA Championship Cameron Smith

2019 Saudi International Best Value Picks

  1. Henrik Stenson (+2800): Hasn’t been playing as strong of late with two missed cuts, but if any player can break out of a funk in a big way it’s Stenson.
  2. Tom Lewis (+5000): Five top tens in last eight tournaments, including a victory at the Portugal Masters in September.
  3. Alvaro Quiros (+12500): The streaky Spaniard is coming off a very strong showing at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a tie for third placing.
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Michael "Hound Dog" Harrison is well known in the sports industry as the resident statisitician for the Jay and Dan Show. He has worked at TSN for over 13 years, where he's been featured on Sportscentre, That's Hockey, That's Hockey 2Nite, The Masters preview shows, and several more.