2018 Maybank Championship

Fantasy Golf Picks and Betting Odds for the 2018 Maybank Championship

THE OVERVIEW

Palm Course, Saujana Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Palm Course at Saujana, locally known as “The Cobra,” has hosted a number of pro events over the past few decades and just a few years ago underwent a significant renovation.

The course features water carries off a number of tees and rolling fairways with strategically placed ravines. Accuracy off the tee is going to be key this week and players who average 300 yards with the driver will need to be able to reign the big dog in a bit. Add to that fast, tricky greens and Malaysian heat and humidity, and the result is going to be great week of challenging golf. However, considering there were six rounds of 65 or better here last year, scoring chances should still be abundant.

Model for this week will include Driving Accuracy, Avg. Driving Distance (near or under 290), GIR, GIR Putting, and Stroke Average.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  – 19   Fabrizio Zanotti    (Runner Up:  -18   David Lipsky)

2016  – 15   Marcus Fraser   (Runners Up:   -13   Lee Soo-Min, Miguel Tabuena)

 

THE ODDS    (Bovada 1/29/2018)

Henrik Stenson  +700

Alexander Levy  +1400

Hao Tong Li  +1600

Bernd Weisberger  +1800

Dylan Frittelli  +2000

Thorbjorn Olesen  +2500

Chris Paisley  +2500

Kiradech Aphibarnrat  +2500

Andy Sullivan  +3300

Thomas Detry  +3300

Dean Burmester  +4000

Jeung Hun Wang  +3300

Joost Luiten  +4000

Miyazato Yusaku  +4000

Paul Peterson  +4000

Shaun Norris  +4000

Lee Westwood  +4500

Scott Vincent  +5000

Alexander Bjork  +5000

Andrew Johnston  +5000

Fabrizio Zanotti  +5000

Gaganjeet Bhullar  +5000

Haydn Porteous  +5000

Richie Ramsay  +5000

 

WHO’S HOT

Hao Tong Li

Chris Paisley

Dylan Fritelli

Alexander Levy

Scott Vincent

Jeung Hun Wang

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

(only one year of course history)

Fabrizio Zanotti

David Lipsky

Bernd Weisberger

Alexander Levy

Hao Tong Li

 

LONGER SHOTS

Matt Wallace  +6600

David Horsey  +6600

David Lipsky  +6600

Gavin Green +6600

Miguel Tabuena  +6600

Shiv Kapur  +6600

Shubhankar Sharma  +6600

Yuta Ikeda  +6600

Renato Paratore  +8000

Jazz Janewattananond  +8000

Jordan Smith  +8000

Poom Saksansin  +8000

Prom Meesawat  +8000

Wade Ormsby  +8000

Eddie Pepperell  +10000

Matthieu Pavon  +10000

Nino Bertasio  +10000

Phachara Khongwatmai  +12500

Joakim Lagergren  +12500

Marcus Fraser  +12500

Micah Lauren Shin  +12500

Sam Brazel  +12500

Marc Warren  +15000

S.S.P. Chawrasia  +15000

 

FAITHFULS

Henrik Stenson

Bernd Weisberger

Andy Sullivan

Joost Luiten

Richie Ramsay

THE ‘FORE’ SOMES

‘FORE’ SOMES are chosen by selecting one player from a “low tier” betting pool (30:1 or better), two players from a “mid tier” (30:1 – 75:1), and a final player from a “high tier” (75:1 & up).  

KEITH’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Alexander Levy  (14:1).  The Frenchman is hot after a great showing last week in Dubai. He also finished 4th at this event last year, shooting no worse than 69. Levy also fits well in this week’s model (and that is why he took this spot from Weisberger).  Averaging 295 off the tee means he can let the his driver fly and he ranks among the top in GIR, Putts per GIR, and Stroke Average. If his poor showing at the Eurasia Cup has him fired up, as was evident last week, we’re betting he’ll continue his fiery play in Malaysia.

Richie Ramsay (50:1) & Shubhankar Sharma (66:1).  Both Ramsay and Sharma have outstanding Driving Accuracy stats for 2018. Ramsay, the wily Scottish veteran, has seen his stats steadily improve for more than a year now. Not counting his WD at the Alfred Dunhill, Ramsay hasn’t missed a cut since last July, netting four top tens in that time. Long and straight off the tee, the young Indian, Sharma, had a less than stellar run in the UAE, but won the Joburg Open last month (firing a second round 61!) and finished T10 in Hong Kong in November. A T9 here last year. His win at the Joburg earned him a spot at Carnoustie this summer, as well. Expect good things from this young stick.

Micah Lauren Shin (125:1).  Asian Tour Rookie of the Year for 2017, Shin finished 12th on the Order of Merit, played in 13 events, earned $277,781, and won the Manila Masters (while calling a penalty on himself). He also finished T7 at Hong Kong in December (ahead of Aphibarnrat, Detry, Morrison, Rose, Sharma, Frittelli, Saksansin, and Fitzpatrick, just to name a few). Current OWGR #257. The kid can flat out play.

 

JOHN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Alexander Levy  14:1

David Lipsky  50:1

Gaganjeet Bhullar  66:1      **(differing odds come from Will Hill)

Poom Saksansin  80:1

 

GAVIN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Jeung Hun Wang  25:1

David Lipsky  50:1

Thomas Detry  40:1

Adrian Otaegui  125:1

 

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