2017 CIMB Classic

 

THE COURSE

The TPC Kuala Lumpur West Course is a relatively short par 72 with quite a few wide fairways that bombers enjoy. The Malaysian greens get a lot of rain and are thus often soft and receptive to dart throwers. So, overall course conditions will be suited to scoring with a total low probably in the high teens or low twenties. Player stats to favor will be DA, GIR, and Putts per GIR.

 

PAST WINNERS

2016  -23 Justin Thomas  (Runner Up:  -20 Hideki Matsuyama)

2015  -26 Justin Thomas  (Runner Up:  -25 Adam Scott)

2014 -17 Ryan Moore  (Runner Up:  -14 Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland)

2013 -14 Ryan Moore  (Runner Up:  -14 Gary Woodland,  -13 Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Chris Stroud)

ODDS   (Bovada  10/9/2017)

Justin Thomas  +400

Hideki Matsuyama  +800

Paul Casey  +1000

Xander Schauffele  +2500

Anirban Lahiri  +2500

Ian Poulter  +2500

Brendan Steele  +2800

Charl Schwartzel  +2800

Gary Woodland  +2800

Branden Grace  +3300

Kevin Na  +3300

Pat Perez  +3300

Thomas Pieters  +3300

Bud Cauley  +4000

Cameron Smith  +4000

Scott Piercy  +4000

 

WHO’S HOT

Justin Thomas

Paul Casey

Chez Reavie

Lucas Glover

Xander Schauffele

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Justin Thomas

Ryan Moore

Kevin Na

Gary Woodland

Rafa Cabera-Bello

 

LONGER SHOTS

Anirban Lahiri

Xander Schauffle

Scott Hend

Patrick Rodgers

Tyrone Van Aswegan

 

FAITHFULS

Gary Woodland

Charl Schwartzel

 

WHO WE LIKE

Justin Thomas – Of the top tier players who could you like more than Thomas right now? His game is on fire and he has back-to-back wins here. If for whatever reason you can’t find it within yourself to play the absolute favorite, either Matsuyama or Casey are excellent picks, too.

Anirban Lahiri & Scott Piercy – In the more middle range of the pack, Lahiri and Piercy are our choices. Lahiri played fabulously at the Presidents Cup and he’ll bring that confidence to Asia where he consistently plays well (T3 here last year). Piercy has an excellent track record at Kuala Lumpur and often plays his best golf early in the season. (Brendan Steele, Thomas Pieters, and Cameron Smith are all also very tempting).

Scott Hend – Our pick at the higher odds range. The Euro bomber penciled a 63 (Round 3) on his way to a T7 here last year and has been having a rather good second half of 2017 with a T10 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and a solo 2nd at the Omega Euro Masters. He is criminally overlooked at +8000 on Bovada today. Look for Hend near the top of this week’s leaderboard.  (Let it be known that the name Peter Uihlein has been thrown around our group a bunch this morning, too. Also a fine pick.).