Feb 5th-8th 2015, Maybank Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur G&CC,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia


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Lee Westwood is an unbackable 13/2 favourite for the event having won in a canter by seven shots last year.  He’s coming off a T9 in Dubai where he couldn’t get it going Sunday and to be honest I cannot understand why his odds are so tight.  Last year this event was held the week after the US Masters where Lee had an excellent solo seventh; for me he’s just not operating at that level in early February.
One man who is however is Bernd Wiesberger, who at 10/1 second favourite has a real chance this week.  The Austrian is coming off three top six finishes in Abu Dhabi (T6), Qatar (3rd) and Dubai (T4) and finished in a tie for second (albeit a long way behind Westwood) in 2014.  If he can tighten up on his putting stats this week could yield a win.

Doc’s Five To Watch

Andy Sullivan 25/1

It’s back to the scene of the carnage this week for Andy, where he failed to deal with his final day nerves and shot a Sunday 78 last year.  This time though, he comes in with a new found belief, having won in South Africa and come close (T4) in Dubai last week.  He’s also more comfortable playing with the marquee names now too having duelled with and matched the likes of McIlroy and Kaymer a week ago.  Will the golfing Gods dole out some justice?

Thomas Aiken 50/1

I was impressed with Thomas Aiken’s T5 at the South African Open and have been thinking for a time that this week in Malaysia could really suit him.  Missed the cut in Abu Dhabi but was solid in Qatar and impressive again with a T9 in Dubai last week where he drove it arrow straight and hit almost as many greens as Rory McIlroy.  Best of T11 here in 2013.  Don’t ask me how I get these feelings, just trust me each way on this one!!

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Gregory Bourdy 33/1

Super nice chap who is throwing in some very low rounds over the last few weeks.  Shot a pair of 66’s in Abu Dhabi for a T37 finish, a final round of 65 in Qatar for T5, and another final round of 66 last Sunday in Dubai to climb to T13.  A superb putter on his day, Greg was second at the 2011 Malaysian Open when Manassero pipped him.

Nico Colsaerts  25/1

Found it hard to decide between the two Belgians, Colsaerts and Pieters, for the final pick but I’m giving Nico the nod here.  His last six finishes have been solid but punctuated by poor rounds.  For instance that T32 in Dubai last week included two 74’s, the T13 in Qatar had one round of 73.  I’ve seen this several times with players who suddenly find four consistent days and win.  I’m betting that happens this week for Nico where he finished T2 in 2014.  Hits it a mile, past most of the trouble in Kuala Lumpur, and actually finished the tournament top of the Greens In Reg stats last year.  Well worth a punt.

Long Odds Glory Shot

David Lipsky 125/1

Everyone loves a longs odds glory shot and I think I’ve found a doozy for you this week in David Lipsky.  He’s the reigning Asian Tour order of merit champion and won in the iconic Crans Sur Sierre at the European Masters last year.  Played well here before with a T3 in 2012 and comes in this week having rediscovered some form in Dubai where he made his first cut in three starts and finished T27.
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