The CIMB Classic 2018, Outright Preview

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The TPC Kuala Lumpur West course plays host to this week’s PGA Tour event, the CIMB Classic, which takes place in Malaysia and starts on Thursday.

The West course is a par 72 layout which gives out plenty of birdies as can be seen by the winning scores over the last 3 years which have all been at -23 or better.  Good approach shots finishing close to the pin are obviously going to be crucial this week as well as a red hot putter.

Justin Thomas, America’s Ryder Cup star will be looking for his third victory here in 4 years and is priced as a 9/2 favourite and you can get 14/1 and better the balance.

 

Past Winners at this venue

2017 – Pat Perez -24

2016Justin Thomas23

2015 – Justin Thomas -26

2014 – Ryan Moore -17

2013 – Ryan Moore -14 *

*Playoff

 

Outright Betting

Justin Thomas 9/2

Ryan Moore 14/1

Xander Schauffele 16/1

Paul Casey 16/1

Billy Horschel 16/1

Marc Leishman 20/1

Keegan Bradley 22/1

Gary Woodland 22/1

 

28/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change.

 

Selections:

Justin Thomas win only at 9/2

Thomas has been slightly off his best in recent weeks but he still played very well and was certainly in good nick at the Ryder Cup where he was the top American points scorer.  He absolutely loves this course and while I was considering taking him on, I just feel I have to have him on side this week.

 

Billy Horschel each way at 16/1

Horschel finished last season in cracking form with three top 3’s in the playoff events.  He is a player well capable of going low when his game is on and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him tear this course apart this week.

 

Kyle Stanley each way at 30/1

Kyle Stanley was very consistent towards the end of last season although he wasn’t particularly strong in final rounds where he often faded out of contention.  He finished just outside the top 20 when he played this course last season.

 

Ernie Els each way at 300/1

I am probably just being a bit patriotic with this bet but when I see the improved form of the likes of Lee Westwood and even Tiger Woods, I can’t help but feel that Ernie must still have a couple of big tournaments left in him.

 

Click here to bet on the 2018 CIMB Classic

 

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