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Nic Ladds 18th Nov 2009 - 13:59

The pick of the match bets in Dubai

A tournament match bet is a great way to stay involved in the tournament right up until the final day of the tournament and with no cut in the Dubai World Championship, that is guaranteed.

Here we have a look at some of the best picks from all the tournament match bets in what is the finale to what has been a thrilling season.

Padraig Harrington at 5/6 to beat Sergio Garcia

Two men who by their high standards have underachieved this year but when you need a man to come good in the spotlight none are better than Padraig Harrington.

This triple Major winner had a poor middle of the season but finished fifth in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship at the start of the season to demonstrate his liking for the area. Garcia too fared well in the same tournament finishing eighth but he has been so infuriatingly inconsistent recently that he is worth taking on.

His putting continues to disappoint and he has failed to convert from winning positions in his native Spain on a few occasions recently and if both are in the mix on Sunday which is highly plausible then Harrington has the head to maintain his run while Garcia more often than not fades away and the Irishman looks a solid option to outscore his Spanish rival.

Geoff Ogilvy at even money to beat Adam Scott

Geoff Ogilvy's season may not have continued the way it started but the Australian is without a doubt exceptionally talented and should be able to see off the challenge of fellow Aussie, Adam Scott.

Ogilvy has shown signs of recovery with a tenth in the HSBC Champions and a solid, if unspectacular 32 in the JBWere Masters.

Scott has picked up remarkably recently too with a sixth in the JBWere and a third in the Barclays Singapore Open which will explain why is favourite for this match bet at odds of 5/6.

The last few seasons have shown us though that Scott is not one to be relied on while Ogilvy looks to be on his way back to being the model of consistency that he is so renowned for being and on the big stage he is fancied to see off the resurgent Scott in a match bet.

Rory McIlroy at 5/6 to beat Ernie Els

It has surprised many that Ernie Els is so short in the outright market having looked a shadow of his former self the last couple of seasons, but he has given punters reason for hope recently.

He finished second last time he was seen in the HSBC Champions and has since been off, no doubt practicing for this big one so he will be fresh, but fresh can also mean rusty.

In this pairing he goes again the tournament favourite Rory McIlroy who may have won just once this season so in many people's eyes is a little short to be market leader but his talent and potential are not in question.

He comes here in blistering form finishing second in the UBS Hong Kong and fourth in the HSBC Champions and with the added carrot of finishing first in the money list for the extra cash bonus, he will be fired up and focused to put in a bold show with everything in his favour.

'The Big Easy' may have many years more experience but with no course form to go on and one of the greatest young talents chasing the biggest prize around paired against him, he may not be able to peg back McIlroy over the four days.

If you're thinking that match bet prices are a little short for your tastes then why not put them in a multiple? A £10 treble on each of these three selections would pay out at over 11/2.


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