CIMB Classic Betting Tips & Predictions
This is now the fifth season that the CIMB Classic has been on the PGA Tour and although the timezone issues are a problem for us viewers in the UK, it is a very good tournament and is gaining in strength each year. We head to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for this week’s event which has attracted a good American contingent and the man in form, Justin Thomas, is seeking his third win in a row here, however at 9/2 he simply can’t be advised at such low odds.
78 players will go to post this week, which includes the Top 60 players from the FedEx Cup Standings, 10 from the Asian Tour and 8 exemptions. The enormous $7 Million prize fund makes this a very lucrative event for the players that want to play and enjoy a little Far Eastern holiday in the process.
The tournament is being played at the West Course at TPC Kuala Lumpur. It yields plenty of birdies but there are plenty of hazards if you aren’t careful,so this course can be like a interesting game of chess. It is generally always pretty windy here and the ball travels a very long way in the humidity so accuracy is paramount off the tee. It measures just over 7,000 yards and is set up for low scoring so expect to see plenty of birdies. We need to back a good putter this week!
Brendan always plays solid in this event and was third here in 2015 behind Justin Thomas so he certainly offers much better value than the favourite at 28/1, I feel. The 34 year old Californian arrives here off the back of victory in the Safeway Open last week, a tournament he won last season too. He is solid off the tee, has good approach play and is a very solid putter so everything looks set for a big week with the man arriving here full of confidence and belief.
Now 48th in the World Rankings, Gary Woodland certainly has the game to win here this week if he puts four good rounds together. He was runner up here in 2013 when he lost out in a play-off to Ryan Moore and followed that up with another agonising runner up finish twelve months later. “The golf course sets up good to my eye, you know. It’s one I feel like I can attack. The par‑5s are all gettable. You get four opportunities with four par‑5s. So if I drive the ball in play, I have a pretty good chance to be successful out there,” was how Gary described TPC Kuala Lumpur test back in 2014 and he will feel confident he can find the winners enclosure this weekend.
Charl Schwartzel has been struggling with his game for a while now and is pretty low on confidence but this event could be exactly what the doctor ordered. He has only played here once in the past,which resulted in a Top 20 finish and although he hasn’t been at his mercurial best, for instance he was awful in the Presidents Cup, he has showed glimmers of brilliance. He was third in the US Masters the season just gone and 2nd in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, so the brilliance is still there and if he can produce anywhere near his best, 40/1 will be an insult.