Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 Omega Dubai Desert Classic: Predictions, Rankings: Dark Horse and Sleeper Picks

Here are five golfers who I believe will have solid weeks this week at the final tournament of the 2013 European Tour Middle East swing at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.  These are not the big names, however.  These are five golfers who will surprise this week.

Richie Ramsay: The Scot has slowly been creeping up the Official World Golf Ranking to his spot within the top-60.  Ramsay had a win late in 2012 to cement his season.  Look for him to play solidly to maintain his ranking for entry into the 2013 WGC and major championships.

Joost Luiten: The top-ranked Dutch player in the world will look to continue off a solid 2012 in 2013.  He would like to capture another win, and I think this week will be a good week for him.

Chris Wood: Wood captured his first career tour event this past week in Qatar, so another win is not out of the question.  If he putts the way he did this week, not many people can compete with his ballstriking and he should finish near the top.

Kristoffer Broberg: The Swede that nobody's heard of has quietly crept into the top-85 of the Official World Golf Ranking.  He won 3 times in 5 starts on the Challenge Tour in 2012, so a solid 2013 season is in the books for the 26-year old.

Paul Casey: Not really a dark-horse pick, but Casey has dropped from the top-5 in the OWGR to outside 120.  He hopes to regain his form this season and pick up some solid momentum and hopefully some wins in 2013.

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