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CIMB Classic Odds – Outright Winner Betting
CIMB Classic Golf Betting 2017; best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4,5.
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Golf’s CIMB Classic Odds Guide and Betting Preview
After a couple of weeks in Europe we’ll switch across to Asia where the strongest field since the end of the previous PGA season assembles, writes Matt. The CIMB Classic takes place in Kuala Lumpur starting on Thursday and Justin Thomas will be aiming to make it three in a row at this event.
The reigning PGA Champion will have stiff competition however so who are the bookies favouring in their CIMB Classic odds in the lead up to the first tee off?
Those two straights wins in 2015 and 2016 help make Thomas the clear favourite to defend his crown and the American is available at industry best odds of 9/2 with Betfred. A three-peat of this kind is a rare beast but after a stunning season, the 24 year old has the quality and momentum to seal the hat trick. He also holds the 18 hole and 72 hole records on this course so, at the very least, he is an obvious favourite.
There’s a significant gap behind Justin Thomas to Hideki Matsuyama who headed the FedEx Cup points list for some time prior to a dip in form. That dip hasn’t really been addressed so Matusyama may seem a little short at his best price of 9/1 with Bet365 even though he was runner up to Thomas last year at the start of a great run for the Japanese.
Behind the top two we have Paul Casey who has enjoyed another consistent year without actually adding to his solitary PGA Tour win in the Shell Houston Open way back in 2009. Casey led the Tour Championship before carding a last round 73 and is at a best of 12/1 with SunBets but will usually prove a better option in the Top Ten or Each Way markets.
One golfer who interests us at a top price of 28/1 with Stan James is Xander Schauffele. Having taken out the Tour Championship to seal his second win of the tour, the 23 year is running into his best form and has the key stats to make an impact in Kuala Lumpur.
As always there is some really good potential as we move down the list including one of the few European contenders, Thomas Pieters at a top price of 45/1 with Betfred. The Belgian has no wins outside of Europe but a tie for fourth at the Masters shows he can adapt and may be another to consider for a Top Ten finish.
Also of interest is the talented Ollie Schniederjans at a best of 60/1 with Unibet. The 24 year old has briefly threatened to add to his single web.com tour win and only needs to add consistency to his game. Schniederjans is one to watch as is Adam Hadwin at 66/1 with Paddy Power and James Hahn at 55/1 with Betfred – both of whom feature highly in the power rankings this week.
CIMB Classic Betting Trends, Course & Tips
The Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club has played host to this event since its inception in 2010. It’s a par 72 at just a fraction over 7000 yards but we’ve seen some very low scoring in seven tournaments with four winning totals at better than -20.
In likely calm conditions, distance and accuracy off the tee won’t be too much of an issue. The course sees plenty of rain so players can target the pin and not see too much run from misdirected shots in.
All seven editions have been won by Americans and we have two multiple winners. Justin Thomas’ double header was preceded by Ryan Moore who took the CIMB Classic in 2014 and 2015.
- As for this year’s winner, it really is tough to see past Thomas not only because of that record but, while the field is a strong one, the most notable absentees are Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. It’s rare for our preview to side with the favourite but the relative lack of competition is also in his favour so we’ll bet on Justin Thomas at 9/2 in the CIMB Classic odds with Betfred.
- In the Top Ten finish market we have the following betting tips: For consistency, Paul Casey at 8/11 , Schauffele at 5/2 (both with Stan James), Jason Dufner at 4/1 and Keegan Bradley at 6/1 (both Bet365) and Na at 11/4 with William Hill.