Not only will Martin Kaymer again be looking to wrestle the world No 1 spot away from Lee Westwood at this weekend's Omega Dubai Desert Classic, but Tiger Woods will be involved as well.

Kaymer and Westwood will both be aware of the potential for another rankings shift this weekend if the German can win this weekend.

If Kaymer wins this weekend, Westwood will need a to take the runner-up spot to keep the top place in the rankings, and if Kaymer finishes second, Westy will need a top ten.

But Westwood knows he can play well here, his runner-up finish last year one of his seven top ten finishes on the European Tour in 2010.

“It's obviously great for us and for European golf that the number one and two in the world are both here at this tournament and we are both European,” said Westwood. “It just shows the strength of The European Tour now and the kind of fields that we have attracted for the first few weeks of the year.

“I think it was in 1994 that I first played in Dubai and I've always enjoyed it. All of the Desert Swing tournaments offer great golf courses and a fantastic climate to play in, especially when you see the weather at home. It's a great start to the year and really gets you going.”

None of this is news however, it was the same story last week and last year when Phil Mickelson had numerous opportunities to overtake Tiger for the No 1 spot.

What makes this weekend more interesting is the involvement of said Tiger in Dubai this weekend, and the fact that the trio will be traversing the course together for at least the first two days as they are all in the same group.

It is the first time since 1994 – outside the Major Championships and the World Golf Championships – the leading three players on the Official World Golf Ranking will tee up in a mainstream European Tour event.

“I'm very much looking forward to returning to Dubai,” said Kaymer. “The strength of the field is excellent and it will be a good challenge. I like to play the golf course and if I can give myself a chance on Sunday, hopefully I’ll be able to take it.”

TV schedule

Thursday

European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic Day 1

11:30-15:30 – SuperSport 1
11:30-15:30 – SuperSport HD
13:00-15:30 – CSN

US Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Day 1

22:00-01:00 – SuperSport 1
22:00-01:00 – CSN
22:30-01:00 – SuperSport HD

Friday

European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic Day 2

11:30-15:30 – SuperSport 1
11:30-15:30 – SuperSport HD
13:00-15:30 – CSN

US Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Day 2

22:00-01:00 – SuperSport 6
22:00-01:00 – SuperSport HD

Saturday

European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic Day 3

11:00-15:00 – SuperSport 6
11:00-15:00 – SuperSport HD

US Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Day 3

20:00-01:00 – SuperSport 6
22:30-01:00 – SuperSport HD

Sunday

European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic Day 4

11:00-15:00 – SuperSport 1
11:00-14:15 – SuperSport HD

US Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Day 4

20:00-01:00 – SuperSport 1
22:00-01:00 – SuperSport HD

Betting

European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Favourites

9/2 – Martin Kaymer
6/1 – Tiger Woods
13/2 – Rory McIlroy
12/1 – Lee Westwood
16/1 – Alvaro Quiros

South Africans

70/1 – Thomas Aiken
125/1 – James Kingston
150/1 – Richard Sterne
250/1 – Jbé Kruger
250/1 – Keith Horne
400/1 – Hennie Otto

Underdog

2000/1 – Younes El Hassani


US Tour: AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Favourites

6/1 – Dustin Johnson
15/1 – Phil Mickelson
14/1 – Nick Watney
18/1 – Jim Furyk
18/1 – Tim Clark

Southern Africans

18/1 – Tim Clark
66/1 – Brendon de Jonge
66/1 – Rory Sabbatini
200/1 – Trevor Immelman
250/1 – Garth Mulroy

Underdog

1000/1 – Brad Faxon