Thorbjorn Olesen has since competed in the World Cup for Denmark, partnering Soren Kjeldsen to fourth place in Melbourne, and Thunderbear spent last week getting back into the swing of things in Dubai.
Settling early in the Gulf for practice should allow Olesen to hit the ground running and the Danish dude looks the pick of the prices.
Olesen loves the Middle East and has long threatened a European Tour triumph there.
He was second in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Championship, ku777 Olesen is a five-time European Tour champion at the age of 29 and he has also enjoyed success in pairs events, winning the World Cup in 2016 and the GolfSixes in 2017.beaten by only a shot, third in the 2013 Dubai Desert Classic, third in the 2014 Qatar Masters and second in Qatar in 2016. He was eighth on his Abu Dhabi debut in 2012 and has made the cut in all six visits.
He is blessed with bundles of bottle and excellent putting touch, so winning a Rolex Series event like this one is well within his compass. His last victory – the Italian Open in June – had Rolex Series status and he fended off local hero Francesco Molinari to triumph.
Olesen has carried an extra layer of confidence since making his Ryder Cup debut at the end of September. He thrashed Jordan Spieth 5&4 in the Sunday singles to help Europe crush the States 17.5-10.5 and is well equipped to rip Abu Dhabi Golf Club to shreds over the next four days. This open, flat, easy track, featuring spacious dancefloors, is right up his street.