Martin Kaymer can crush his playing partners
Andy Sullivan sliding down the rankings
Sky Sports Golf, 4am Thursday
Martin Kaymer made a steady if unspectacular start to his 2018 campaign in the Abu Dhabi Championship last week, and the German can improve on that 27th-place finish in the similar conditions of the Dubai Desert Classic.
Kaymer is a three-time Abu Dhabi champion, but he also has a strong record in Dubai, where he was runner-up on his debut at the Emirates Club in 2008, and fourth in each of the following two years. Fourth place again in 2015 is more recent evidence that the German acts on this track.
Kaymer can be fancied to win his first-round threeball against Louis Oosthuizen and Andy Sullivan, a group scheduled to tee off at 8.30am UK and Ireland time.
Oosthuizen is full of rust, having played in only three strokeplay events in the last four months, and 49th place at a soggy Singapore Open last week was poor preparation for the sun-baked Gulf. Kaymer can hit the ground running while Oosthuizen finds his feet.
Sullivan is looking like a pale shadow of the man who forced his way on to the last European Ryder Cup team. His last top-ten finish came in the Scottish Open in the middle of July and he is plummeting down the world rankings.
1pt 7-4 Coral, Ladbrokes
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