For my preview of this tournament click here: Dubai Desert Classic Tips
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I made my case for Howell in my main tips, however I'll repeat it here. After prising himself away from the commentary box, Howell has been quietly setting about his business and is now approaching form that's worthy of backing. The 1999 winner of this event has notched up another 3 wins since then - including in Munich in 2005 which carries positive form lines into this event - and is showing strong indications that another win is on the cards.
Other than a missed cut in Bahrain, the Englishman has finishes of 13/33/23/5 this term and his most recent effort came after an opening 75 in tough conditions - he shot 11 under from Friday onwards to finish in an E/W position with some strong all-round play as his irons consistently found the putting surface. RESULT: M/C, -24 Points
Odds and bookmaker offers correct at 21:30GMT but naturally subject to fluctuation
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