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CIMB Classic 2016 Betting Preview

Brendan Steele (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Bet365
Branden Grace (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Stan James
Gary Woodland (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power


The PGA Tour departs US shores this week for the CIMB Classic, a co-sanctioned event with the Asian Tour which takes place in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. At 6,951 yards, it’s not necessary to be a big hitter to tackle the par 72 TPC Kuala Lumpur West Course – instead a system of eight lakes means that no fewer than 11 of the 18 holes play over or alongside water hazards. Justin Thomas held off the challenge of Adam Scott to win by a single shot last year, following on from back to back victories for Ryan Moore in the first two editions to be staged at this venue.


After starring at the Ryder Cup, Patrick Reed returns to action this week and is the joint favourite at 14/1 alongside Hideki Matsuyama and the in-form Englishman Paul Casey. The top of the market is fairly congested, with Adam Scott and two-time champion Moore both at 16/1 and Sergio Garcia at 20s together with Justin Thomas, who finished just outside the places as one of our picks for last week’s Safeway Open despite making a dreadful start with an opening round of 75. Kevin Na, who has placed in the top 3 in each of the last two years, is at 22/1 with Paddy Power.


BRENDAN STEELEBRENDAN STEELE made the perfect start to the season by coming through the field to win the Safeway Open with a closing round of 65 and he looks a decent bet for this event at 33/1 with Bet365. Last week’s win at Silverado Country Club moved him up from 85th to 57th in the world rankings and he can improve upon that here in Kuala Lumpa where he has a good record – finishing 25th and then third on his two previous appearances on the West Course.

branden-grace-golfBRANDEN GRACE‘s 2016 season perhaps didn’t pan out as well as it could have done, but he was brilliant over the summer, claiming the 11th victory of his professional career at the RBC Heritage (tipped by us at odds of 40/1) and finishing in the top five at both the US Open and the PGA Championship. The South African was in the top 20 here last year and at stand-out odds of 45/1 with Stan James, the world no. 16 looks a great each-way pick – just 33/1 elsewhere.

Gary WoodlandGARY WOODLAND ended the last season in great form and was even talked about as an outsider for a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup after his top five finish at the Barclays event. A consistent year saw him make 14 Top 25s from 26 starts and he can maintain that form in KL, where he has previously prospered, sharing second place in both 2013 and 2014. He’s a 20/1 shot with Ladbrokes, but Paddy Power are paying 33/1.

Brendan Steele (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Bet365
Branden Grace (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Stan James
Gary Woodland (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power