CIMB Classic Betting Preview 2015

CIMB Classic Betting Preview and Tips 2015

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (West Course), Malaysia

Par 72, 6,967 yards 

The Course

The PGA Tour travels to Malaysia this week for the CIMB Classic. This is the third time Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club is hosting the event and has also played host to the Malaysian Open on The European Tour for the last six years.

The event took place for the first time back in 2010 at The Mines Resort and Country Club in Selangor, which is located just outside Kuala Lumpur where Ben Crane was crowned the winner on 18 under par. Last year Ryan Moore was the winner for the second time in a row beating Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na and Gary Woodland by three strokes to finish on 17 under for the tournament.

The course is a par 71 measuring a short 6,985 yards and has four par 5’s, four par 3’s and 12 par 4’s. The fairways are fairly forgiving so accuracy won’t be too much of an issue. The greens here are large, undulating and guarded by lots of bunkers so good scrambling will be required. Water is in play on 13 holes and will present some risk reward shots especially on the par 5’s and some of the short par 4’s.

Statistically, players that putt well and hit a lot of greens tend to go well on this course. The main areas of focus are current/previous form, GIR, strokes gained tee to green and strokes gained putting. The weather can make this course quite soft this time of year so expect the greens to be quite receptive. The weather forecast is expected to be hot and humid for the four days with some showers and the possibly some thunderstorms expected with light winds.

 

Kevin Na 14/1 CIMB Classic Betting Preview 2015

Kevin Na 14/1

It’s hard to leave Na out of the equation this week given his last two performances. He came agonisingly close to winning the Frys but was beaten in a playoff by Emiliano Grillo on the first playoff hole. He then had another top performance last week at The Shriners shooting a final round 67 on his way to a T2 finish. Na played well all through the FedExCup Playoffs finishing T20 at The Barclays, T10 at The BMW Championship and T16 at The Tour Championship.

He has played well here at Kuala Lumpur before finishing T2 last year, T10 in 2012 and T21 in 2010. Kevin also ticks a lot of statistical boxes here ranking eighth in GIR, second in strokes gained tee to green and fourth in par 4 scoring. With a good record at this course and great current form, Kevin Na could be one to watch.

 

Hideki Matsuyama 16/1 CIMB Classic Betting Preview 2015

Hideki Matsuyama 16/1

Matsuyama had a good start to the new season finishing in a respectable T17 at The Frys shooting two 69’s to finish on 10 under par for the tournament. He had a good season last year and played well at The Presidents Cup and all throughout the FedExCup Playoffs. He finished T13 at The Barclays, T25 at The Deutsche Bank, T7 at The BMW and T12 at The Tour Championship.

He has played well on this course in the past finishing T21 last year and T25 in 2013. At The Frys, he ranked 16th in GIR, fifth in strokes gained tee to green and 10th in par 5 scoring. If he take that good from into this week he should be right in the mix.

 

Patrick Reed 18/1 CIMB Classic 2015

Patrick Reed 20/1

After a great performance last week in Hong Kong finishing T3, Patrick reed looks in great form coming into this week. He is another player that had a good finish to the season with a T15 at The WGC Bridgestone, T30 at The PGA, T4 at The Deutsche Bank and a T28 at The BMW. He also played well at The Presidents Cup winning one and a half points for the US Team in Korea.

Reed has played this event twice before finishing T26 last year and T40 in 2013. Last season Reed ranked 19th in strokes gained putting, 28th in scrambling and 18th in par 4 scoring. After playing well in Hong Kong, Reed won’t have any jetlag to deal with and should be fresh coming to Kuala Lumpur this week.

 

Danny Lee 28/1 CIMB Classic 2015

Danny Lee 28/1

Danny had a great year last season and recorded his first victory on tour with a win at The Greenbrier Classic. He followed that with a T3 at The John Deere, T4 at The Quicken Loans and a T6 at The WGC Bridgestone. Most recently, he played well at The FedExCup Playoffs finishing T30 at The Barclays, T33 at The Deutsche Bank, T47 at The BMW and a T2 at The Tour Championship at East Lake.

Danny has played well here in the past finishing T13 here last year. He started well shooting two 69’s in rounds one and two but shot a disappointing 73 in round three. He finished well shooting a final round 68 and should be more experienced this time around. Last season he ranked 23rd in strokes gained putting, second in par 3 scoring and 26th in par 4 scoring. Lee has proven he can compete at the highest level and should be right in the mix here this week.

 

Final Selections –

Kevin Na 14/1 1.5 pts EW

Hideki Matsuyama 16/1 1.5 pts EW

Patrick Reed 18/1 1.5pts EW

Danny Lee 28/1 1.5 pts EW

Total Staked = 12 pts

 

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Shriners Hospital for Children Open 2015

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 2015TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada 

7,255 yards, par 71

After an exciting opening tournament of the new season at the Frys.com Open last week, the PGA Tour makes its annual trip to TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, where Ben Martin will be the defending champion.

TPC Summerlin is a 7,223 yard par 71 and has played host to this event since 2008. Previous winners include Ben Martin (2014), Webb Simpson (2013), Ryan Moore (2012), Kevin Na (2011), Jonathan Byrd (2010) and Martin Laird (2009).

The winning score has been around the 20 under par mark since 2008 and usually yields a lot of birdies. This course has three par 5’s, which will be reachable by the majority of the field, four par 3’s and 11 par 4’s. This course is quite picturesque and meanders through creeks and canyons in the Nevada desert.

Accuracy off the tee is not of huge importance this week, but if your tee shot is a little too wild, players will be punished. Good putters and players with good GIR stats are worth looking at here as the greens are quite large and are not too difficult by tour standards . Greens in regulation, strokes gained putting, good ball striking and good course history are the ingredients for a good week here.

The course has over 100 bunkers and some water hazards that come into play. However, this course is ranked one of the easiest to play on The PGA Tour with plenty of birdies on offer. Players that have good recent form over the last three or four events tend to go well here. There is some rain and thunderstorms in the days running up to the event, but it will be dry and sunny from Thursday to Sunday.

 

Kevin Na 22/1 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 2105

Kevin Na 22/1

Despite losing a playoff to eventual winner Emiliano Grillo last week at The Frys, Kevin Na looked to be hitting the ball well throughout the week. He shot 68,71,64,70 to finish 15 under par for the tournament. Na was showing decent form in The FedExCup playoffs finishing T16 at The Tour Championship, T10 at The BMW and T20 at The Barclays. He also played well at The WGC Bridgestone finishing T15 and finished a respectable T13 at Memorial and T10 at Colonial.

Na has played well here in the past finishing T22 in 2012 and winning here in 2011. Last week, Na ranked ninth in driving accuracy and 11th in greens in regulation. He hit some superb iron shots last week in Silverado and if he can take that into this week, he should have a good chance here.

 

Ryan Moore 25/1 Shriners Hospitals fro Children Open 2015

Ryan Moore 25/1

Ryan Moore started the new season off strongly with a T10 last week at The Frys. He started with a pair of 70’s and began to get going over the weekend shooting 67,68 on Saturday and Sunday to finish on 11 under for the tournament. He had a respectable finish to the season with a T28 at The BMW and a T10 at the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield. Moore has played well at TPC Summerlin in the past finishing T9 in 2013, a win in 2012 and a T17 in 2009.

Moore is a bit of an up and down player but seemed to be hitting the ball very well last week in Silverado. He was hitting over 75% of greens in regulation at The Frys and made some great putts. After a top 10 last week and good form at TPC Summerlin over the years, Ryan Moore could be one to watch here.

 

Scott Piercy 30/1 Shriners Open for Children Open

Scott Piercy 30/1

Piercy looks like a great shout here in Vegas this week given his current form. He played well recently at The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship shooting 69,69,68,71 finishing T27 on 11 under for the tournament. He also had a couple of good performances in the last of The FedExCup events finishing T25 at The Tour Championship at East Lake and solo third at The BMW Championship. Piercy also won The Barbasol Championship and finished T14 at The John Deere back in July.

He has played well on this course over before finishing T7 last year, T6 in 2012 and T10 in 2011. If Piercy can take the form he had at the end of last season forward to this week, he could have another decent week here in Vegas.

 

Jason Bohn 40/1 Shriners Hospitals fro Children Open 2015

Jason Bohn 40/1

Looked to be in super form last week at The Frys and got himself right into the thick of things with an impressive 68 in round 2 and a 64 in round 3. Bohn went on to shoot a 70 in the final round to finish T3. He is another player that finished strongly last season with a T9 at The Barclays, T4 at The Quicken Loans, T12 at The John Deere and a T13 at The Greenbrier. Bohn has a good record here finishing T18 last year, T2 in 2013, T8 in 2012 and T14 in 2009.

He led greens in regulation last week in Silverado and was T3 in driving distance. He also ranked sixth in strokes gained putting and first in birdie average. With great form here over the years and a good performance last week, Bohn looks to be great value this week on a course he has played so well on in the past.

 

Final Selections –

Kevin Na 22/1 2pts EW

Ryan Moore 25/1 1.5pts EW

Scott Piercy 30/1 1.5pts EW

Jason Bohn 40/1 1pt EW

Total Staked = 12 pts                        

 

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Frys.com Open Betting Preview 2015

Frys.com Open Betting Preview 2015

North Course, Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa Valley, California

Par 72 7,203 yards

It’s great to be back! Let’s hope we have yet another profitable year for the 2015/2016 season.

Silverado Resort & Spa measures a lengthy 7,203 yards and has four par 3’s, four par 5’s and 10 par 4’s. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr in the 1960’s and was renovated by Johnny Miller in 2011. The fairways are tree lined with forgiving rough so missing the fairways here will not be a big deal. There are quite a lot of nice features around the course such as old Oak trees, elevation changes and water features and crossings. The greens are bent grass and are average size by PGA Tour standards and can get quite fast depending on weather conditions.

There is not a lot of data to go on here as this is only the second time this course has hosted the tournament but judging by last year, length does not seem to be a huge advantage. Players that have accurate iron play and the ability to negotiate these tricky bent grass greens should go well here this week. Top stats to consider are par 4 and par 5 scoring, GIR, approach stats, SGTTG and SGP.

Last year’s champion Sang-Moon Bae will not be able to defend his title as he has to serve two years military service, which is a compulsory requirement in all South Korean men. However, there are some big names in the field including World No. 3 Rory McIlroy, No. 7 Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Charl Schwartzel and Chris Kirk. The weather is set to be sunny, dry and warm with light winds with the possibility of some showers over the weekend.

 

Justin Rose 8/1 Frys.com Open 2015

Justin Rose 8/1

After taking the last couple of weeks off, Justin Rose comes into this week in good form. He had a great finish to the 2014/15 season at The Tour Championship where he finished T2 shooting a superb final round 66 at East Lake. He has been playing some great golf over the last couple of months. He lost a playoff to David Lingmerth at The Memorial finishing P2 and followed that with a T6 at The Open, T4 at The Quicken Loans, T3 at The WGC Bridgestone, solo fourth at The PGA, T16 at The Barclays and a T13 at The BMW.

Rose ticks a lot of statistical boxes ranking ninth in GIR, 18th in par 4 scoring, fourth in par 5 scoring and sixth in strokes gained tee to green. He also ranks first in approaches from 75-100, first in approaches from 175-200 and first in approaches from 200-225, which are good stats for approaches into the par 4’s and par 5’s. With top notch accuracy stats, Rose should score well here on his first visit to Silverado.

 

Hideki Matsuyama 18/1 Frys.com Open Betting Preview 2015

Hideki Matsuyama 18/1

After winning two and a half points for the International Team at The Presidents Cup last week, Hideki Matsuyama will come to California this week feeling good about his game. As well as playing super last week in Korea, Matsuyama has been playing well for the last few months with 14 top 25’s in his last 17 tournaments. He had a good week at The Barclays finishing T13 and followed that with a T25 at The Deutsche Bank, T7 at The BMW and a T12 in East Lake at The Tour Championship. He had a great week here last year finishing T3 on 12 under for the tournament.

Statswise he ranks 21st in GIR, eighth in strokes gained tee to green, third in par 4 scoring and 24th in par 5 scoring. He also ranks 14th in approaches from 125-150, seventh in approaches from 175-200 and 15th in approaches from 50-75. After a solid performance in Korea last week, Matsuyama could be a big danger man here.

 

Brooks Koepka 22/1 Frys.com Open 2015

Brooks Koepka 22/1

The young American has been playing steady golf all season on both The PGA Tour and The European Tour. He had a great week at The Alfred Dunhill Links recently finishing T2 after shooting 64,67 over the weekend to finish on 16 under for the tournament. He also played well in the FedEx Cup Finale finishing T18 at The Tour Championship. Koepka put in huge performances at this year’s majors finishing T18 at The US Open, T10 at The Open Championship and T5 recently at The PGA Championship.

His form at this event has been good over the last couple of years. He finished T8 here on this course last year and T3 at Cordevalle in 2013. Statswise he ranks 17th in GIR, 34th in strokes gained tee to green and 17th in strokes gained putting. He also ranks second in approaches from 175-200, 10th in approaches from 200, 10th in par 4 scoring and seventh in par 5 scoring. With good finishes at The Tour Championship and The Dunhill Links recently, Koepka is one of the better players in this field and could be one to keep an eye on here.

 

Robert Streb 35/1 Frys.com Open 2015

Robert Streb 35/1

I was quite surprised to see a player of Streb’s calibre priced at 35/1. After winning the McGladrey Classic at the beginning of last season, Streb went on to have a great year finishing with seven top 25’s in his last nine events. He lost a playoff to Danny Lee at The Greenbrier Classic finishing P2 and followed that with a T14 at The John Deere, T18 at The Open Championship, solo fifth at The Bridgestone, T10 at The PGA, T23 at The BMW and T18 at The Tour Championship.

He played this event last year and finished in a respectable T31. He ranks 27th in GIR, 24th in strokes gained putting and seventh in approaches from 200-225. He also ranks second in par 3 scoring and 18th in par 4 scoring which will be a big help here with its ten par 4’s and four par 3’s. Streb is a better player coming here this time around and is most certainly one of the better players in this field.

 

Steven Bowditch 80/1 Frys.com Open 2015

Stephen Bowditch 80/1

The Aussie was part of the losing Presidents Cup team last week but played quite well himself throughout the week. He was drawn to play Jimmy Walker in the Sunday Singles and beat him 2 up so his game looks in good shape. Along with his win at The Byron Nelson, Bowditch had a good finish to the season with three top 15’s in his last six events. He finished T12 at The WGC Bridgestone, T13 at The Barclays and T12 at The Tour Championship.

Bowditch played well here last year shooting 67,67 over the weekend to finish solo second. He ranks 11th in approaches from 125-150, third in scrambling, 25th in par 3 scoring and 30th in par 4 scoring. After a solid performance at The Presidents Cup, the Aussie comes here in good form and could go well at a decent price.

 

Final Selections –

Justin Rose 8/1 2pts EW

Hideki Matsuyama 18/1 1.5 pts EW

Brooks Koepka 22/1 1.5 pts EW

Robert Streb 35/1 1 pt EW

Stephen Bowditch 80/1 1 pt EW

Total staked = 14 pts

 

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