Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (West Course), Malaysia
Par 72, 6,967 yards
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
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
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 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
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
Good luck and enjoy the golf,
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