CIMB Classic Betting Preview And Tips

October 29th – November 1st, 2015,  Kuala Lumpur Golf & C.C.
Purse: $7 Million with $1,026,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Ryan Moore 

Favourites Discussion

Henrik Stenson is listed as the 13/2 favourite for the week but surely Kevin Na at 14/1 is worth a look in the win-only market.  After a solo second at The Frys and T2 at the Shriners, Na has jetted across the world to Kuala Lumpur where he was also T2 last year.  The main caveat here is jet lag; the journey from Vegas to Malaysia is almost 10,000 miles and takes 24 hours, so not many of The Shriners guys are expected to contend.  Na wouldn’t be making the trip however if he didn’t mean business and these guys have long haul down to a fine art!

Doc’s Four To Watch At The CIMB Classic

Justin Thomas 22/1

Justin is a massive blaster off the tee in the same mould as Gary Woodland (35/1 himself) who has been second in the last two stagings of the CIMB Classic.  After solid playoff performances at The Barclays (T16) and BMW (T13) Thomas started the wraparound 2016 season with a T3 at The Frys and took last week off just to get to Malaysia and acclimatize.

Patrick Reed 20/1

Has played here on both occasions since this event moved from the Mines resort to Kuala Lumpur Golf & C.C. in 2014 but without much success (T26 and T40).  This time will be different however after a successful T3 on the European Tour at the Hong Kong Open last week lent itself to a much shorter 1,500 mile hop than his PGA Tour compatriots.  A win is coming!

Anirban Lahiri 25/1

Lahiri really put me off when his head dropped and he seemed to give up in the final round of the Hong Kong Open (he finished T7) but I think in the extreme heat and humidity of Malaysia he will be better equipped than most to contend.  Won the European Tour’s Maybank Malaysian Open on this course in fine style earlier this year and playing well enough to repeat.

Ryan Moore 20/1

Ryan is going for the CIMB three-peat having won the last two stagings in remarkably similar fashion. In his last two visits he’s had 25 and 24 birdies respectively, exactly 112 putts each time and was T15 and T12 in fairways hit. THE horse for the course!  Played all four rounds of The Shriners last week; will tiredness be a factor?

Long Odds Shots (50/1 or better)

Nick Watney at 55/1 is the best of what are very tight odds quoted for the CIMB Classic.  Nick was T11 at The Shriners and put in a tidy T3 in the greens in reg stats.  He won in 2012 at the former venue of this championship.

John Senden 66/1 always gives a good account of himself and is coming into the part of the season where Aussies like to hit top form. Three top 20’s in Malaysia including a solo 7th last year.
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