Maybank Championship 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Thomas Aiken (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral
Thongchai Jaidee (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Coral
Chris Paisley (ew)Tournament Winner125/1BetfredBetVictor, Stan James

Venue

The second edition of the Maybank Championship sees a change of venue – to the Saujana Golf & Country Club on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Carved out of an oil palm plantation, the 7,186-yard Par 72 Palm Course, nicknamed ‘The Cobra’, features water hazards on seven holes, steeply sloping rugged terrain and fairways lined with dense clusters of palms. As such, it will be a test of precision rather than brute strength, while the hot and humid weather is an additional factor. Marcus Fraser won this event last year and the Australian returns to defend his title. Prior to being co-sanctioned by the European Tour, this was an Asian Tour event known as the Malaysian Open and was won twice at this venue by Thongchai Jaidee.

Favourites

Charl Schwartzel won 3 tournaments last season, including 2 on the European Tour, and the South African is the 12/1 market leader with BetVictor and Paddy Power for this event. Rafa Cabrera-Bello continues to demonstrate his consistency – finishing just outside the top 10 in Dubai and he’s a 14/1 shot at BetVictor, with Coral making Bernd Wiesberger the same price and also offering 7 places for each-way bets. Lee Westwood has been playing well in the early part of the year and can be backed at 20/1 with Betfair, the same as Qatar Masters champion Jeunghun Wang with Coral.

Tips

Thomas AikenTHOMAS AIKEN secured a place as one of our selections at the recent Qatar Masters and we’ll be following the South African once again this week. As one of the straightest drivers on the tour he should be able to plot his way around the pitfalls of this mid-length course – while his confidence from a strong recent run won’t have been too adversely affected by his T42 finish in Dubai. He’s a best price of 33/1 with Coral and those 7 places.

Thongchai JaideeTHONGCHAI JAIDEE made a poor start to his year with missed cuts at both the Abu Dhabi Championship and Qatar Masters, but he began to play his way back into form in Dubai where he closed with a round of 67 to share 15th. With happy memories from his back-to-back titles on this course in 2004 and 2005 he should be primed to mount a serious challenge – and he looks worthy of support at 25/1 with a range of firm, including Coral.

Chris-PaisleyFor our third pick we’ll be looking to an in-form long shot. CHRIS PAISLEY enjoyed the gulf swing, placing 29th in Abu Dhabi, 13th in Qatar and 15th in Dubai. The 30-year-old has steadily improved his ranking over the last three years since regaining his card and has been playing well since a career-changing third place at the Italian Open in September. The Englishman is as short as 80/1 in places, but can be backed at 125/1 with BetfredBetVictor or Stan James.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Thomas Aiken (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Coral
Thongchai Jaidee (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Coral
Chris Paisley (ew)Tournament Winner125/1Betfred, BetVictor, Stan James