It looks worth backing players on both the PGA Tour and European Tour this week, as the PGA Tour ventures to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic, and the European Tour heads to Portugal for the Portugal Masters.
The CIMB Classic looks to throw-up the best bet of the week as the tournament again returns to the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia. It’s a course that Ryan Moore has excelled at in all 3 starts. The winner of the first two events here in 2013 and 2014, he was again in contention last year but in the end only managed a top-10. However, his form has been so good recently, that it’s hard to see him not getting in contention this week.
Ryan Moore 1 Point Each-Way @ 16/1 (Betfred, Betfair) ¼ odds 5 places
The Victoria Clube de Golfe in Vilamoura, Portugal again hosts the Portugal Masters and, just in case you think this isn’t the same course as it’s usually played on – it’s just the name that has changed. The course is a par-71 measuring around 7,200 yards and, with the last 5 winners averaging a winning total of over 18-under par, this is likely to be a birdie fest.
I get the feeling Thomas Pieters could take this event by storm this year after finishing 6th last year, and his length could be a fantastic asset. He looks the value at the top of the market with favourite Alex Noren having never played well here previously, whilst last year’s winner Andy Sullivan isn’t in as good a form this time around. However, at just 8/1, I’m willing to overlook Pieters for three longer-priced players.
First up is Peter Hanson, and the Swede could be about to hit peak form again after a few years in the injury wilderness. He posted 3 top-11 finishes here a few years ago, and will be hungrier than many at this time of year with his game clicking back into gear at last week’s British Masters.
Nicolas Colsaerts 1 Point Each-Way @ 28/1 (Bet365, Betfair) ¼ odds 5 places
Nicolas Colsaerts 1 Point Each-Way To Be First-Round Leader @ 35/1 (William Hill) ¼ odds 5 places
Anthony Wall 1 Point Each-Way @ 40/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places