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CIMB Classic Golf Betting 2017; best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2,3.
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Analysis of CIMB Classic Odds and Betting Preview
We’re still waiting for the return of some big names following the Ryder Cup but a talented and tight field will assemble for the CIMB classic this week, writes Matt. This is an interesting tournament for many reasons but the fact that this is the only PGA tour event to be held in Asia gives us a longer list of contenders that should extend beyond the usual suspects.
Been there, done that
The most successful golfer in the admittedly brief history of the CIMB Classic is Ryan Moore who won back to back titles in 2013 and 2014. That, in itself isn’t always a pointer to future success but the 33-year-old is on a hot streak of form coming into this year’s renewal.
Moore is available at 16/1 for the win in the CIMB Classic odds with Boylesports and BetFred and claimed his first success since that 2014 title retention with victory at the John Deere back in August. Since then, he has notched a seventh and eighth on tour, enjoyed a solid Ryder Cup and secured a second at the Tour Championship so, with his experience at the CIMB, he has an edge over other men in similar form.
The clear favourite with most bookmakers is England’s Paul Casey who can be found at an industry best of 14/1 with Paddy Power and Boylesports. If you’re just interested in a form horse then it’s hard to look beyond a man who comes here on the back of a second, second and fourth, prior to his third placed finish at the Safeway Open last weekend.
Despite that record, Casey is proving to be a more popular tip in the top five finish market where he is listed at 3/1 with Paddy Power in the CIMB Classic betting. This is simply because he has failed to clinch a trophy in that period and while it’s hard to apply the ‘choking’ term to a man in such form, the English golfer has had opportunities to convert that form into a second PGA title.
Casey also has a poor record in this tournament, recording a 37th and a 24th in two previous attempts.
Pushing the favourites
Patrick Reed is a rare starter amongst America’s big guns and is a natural short price of 14/1 with Paddy Power and Stan James for a win in Kuala Lumpur this week. Those same, 14/1 odds are quoted by Paddy Power and Coral next to the name of Hideki Matsuyama while Adam Scott is marginally further back at 16/1 with Boylesports.
All of those men are in good touch and as runner up to Justin Thomas here twelve months ago, Australia’s Scott will attract plenty of interest.
Another man attracting plenty of money and interest from the tipsters is Kevin Na. Once again, this is a man with a good record at this event, having finished in a three-way tie for second behind Moore in 2014. Na goes off at 22/1 to take the trophy with Paddy Power and BetFred.
Distance and accuracy won’t necessarily win the day at the TPC Kuala Lumpur with recent tournament results favouring those who are in form with the flatstick. It’s all down to the putter so look for those who are red hot around the greens.
That indicator points to a number of players who have already been mentioned and among those, Kevin Na is looking to be an even better fit. If you don’t fancy the risk involved with that 22/1 win price, the 33-year-old looks particularly attractive at 5/1 with Paddy Power for a top 5 finish in the CIMB Classic odds.
Overall, the field is restricted to 78 and in theory that should make things easier but it remains a tight field. While this preview is looking to tip a winner, I am more comfortable with the top 5 betting tip and based on form and his previous record here, Ryan Moore at 7/2 in this market with Paddy Power and Stan James looks to be the tip of the weekend.
A slightly more left-field pick is Na but once again, this is a man with a decent record in this event and if it all comes down to a putt-off on this course, he is one to watch.
Two-time runner up Gary Woodland is an interesting outside punt for a top 5 at 7/1 with Paddy Power while Patrick Reed is the classiest golfer on display but Moore and Na in that same top 5 market will attract my money for the CIMB classic.
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