Freedman’s Favorite European Golf Matchup (Jan. 15): Henrik Stenson vs. Tyrrell Hatton in Abu Dhabi

Freedman’s Favorite European Golf Matchup (Jan. 15): Henrik Stenson vs. Tyrrell Hatton in Abu Dhabi article feature image
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  • In 2019, Matthew Freedman is writing a new series featuring his favorite prop bet for each day.
  • On Tuesday, he looks at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the head-to-head tournament matchup of Henrik Stenson and Tyrrell Hatton.

Each day, I publish at least one quick-n’-dirty piece highlighting a favorite prop of mine.

For more information on my research process and the resources I use, see the master list of my 2019 prop bets.

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Freedman’s Favorite European Golf Matchup for Tuesday, Jan. 15: Henrik Stenson (+125) vs. Tyrrell Hatton (-145)

The Pick: Stenson (+125)

This is a bonus prop for today, in addition to John Collins over/under 18.5 points and Hassan Whiteside over/under 35.5 fantasy points.

Stenson and Hatton tee off in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at 10:30 p.m. ET. Stenson is +1,600 to win the event while Hatton is +2,200. To finish in the top 10, Stenson is +160 while Hatton is +220.

But in their head-to-head tournament matchup, Hatton is favored. The lines for the matchup seem to be inefficiently priced.

In the FantasyLabs Golf Models, Hatton has the superior long-term driving distance (295.1 vs. 288.1 yards), but Stenson has the edge in almost every other metric.

  • Adjusted round score: 68.3 vs. 68.8
  • Greens in regulation: 73.8% vs. 69.2%
  • Driving accuracy: 73.8% vs. 62.1%
  • Scrambling: 60.7% vs. 57.4%

This matchup is available at MyBookie. I bet Stenson at +130. Given that he’s the better golfer and should almost certainly be favored in this matchup, I’d bet him down to +100.


Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs. He has a dog and sometimes a British accent. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he’s known only as The Labyrinthian.