For the third year on the trot the tour makes its way to the Kuala Lumpur G&CC in Malaysia
For the third year on the trot the tour makes its way to the Kuala Lumpur G&CC in Malaysia for the sixth renewal of the CIMB Classic. Ryan Moore has won this event the last two years and this week bids for a hat trick with some recent encouraging form. The course requires a good all round game although accuracy off the tee is of extreme importance to go around here in a good score. The targets are small and traditionally those with an accurate game have succeeded around here. Saying that, Gary Woodland has finished second here the last two years running and he doesn't exactly fit that category. It is a very interesting event that is beginning to grow a big reputation.
Henrik Stenson makes the trip for the first time and one can not be too enthused at supporting him at 7/1. The test might suit but with the quality of the field in behind I'd maybe wait for a better opportunity to back the Swede. Others around the top of the market like Matsuyama, Grace and Garcia all have the ability to play well here although it is a hard job to choose between them.
Sandwiching those fellas is a man in red hot form who will be our first bet. Kevin Na
is the form player in the field and I feel he will take some beating around a course he likes. He finished tied 2nd here last year and with two second placed finishes in his locker the last two weeks he is the most likely winner in the field for me. As you know, I'm not one for quoting many stats as many are compromised, but Na is in 10th place on tour on par 4 scoring which seems to be a decent stat in this event. He is playing the best golf in the field and perhaps this course suits him even better than the last two on tour. As I stated two weeks ago he loves this time of year with solid results, as has been shown the last two weeks once again. His all round game is in very good nick and that should marry well onto this course.
Kevin Na - 2pt @ 14/1Lost -2pt
Our second selection is one I am very fond of and who I think will land a victory sooner or later, Kevin Kisner
. He has posted top 30 finishes in four of his last five events so arrives here in decent form. He was beat three times in playoffs this year most notably at Sawgrass where he met Fowler in Garcia. I was extremely impressed by the lad that night, especially when he gave his two competitors a strong handshake while looking them straight in the eye. This man means business and he was very unlucky that night to come up against an inspired Fowler. One of his other playoff defeats came at Harbour Town where accuracy off the tee is of extreme importance. This course should be right up his alley and his price of 50/1 is certainly over inflated. .
Kevin Kisner - 1pt e/w @ 50/1Lost -2pt
is worthy of some support at a top price of 66/1. A 16th placed finish at the Shriners last week was a welcome return to form for the Aussie who this week arrives at a course that should whet his appetite. He finished 7th here last year and posted the same result back in 2010 all be it on a different track. He is a well traveled sort who could easily take to these conditions and contend over the weekend. Like Kisner his best results of the year have come around tracks that require accuracy, Sawgrass and the US Open. He has a silky putting touch that could make nonsense of the quoted price.
John Senden - 0.75pt e/w @ 66/1Lost -1.5pt
Finally we'll take a chance on Ryo Ishikawa
. Interestingly his best finish in 2015 came at Sawgrass with a top ten. I haven't exactly gone looking for that, but it has cropped up a lot with the players I am considering who will take to this course. He is still to win on tour, but has shown form at some serious events like the Players, Bridgestone, The Farmers, Arnold Palmer, Memorial, Byron Nelson where he has notched top ten finishes. He is not without hope when he plays in this part of the world and with a win and top ten on the Japanese tour in recent weeks I'm prepared to take a chance on the lad at a big price.
Ryo Ishikawa - 0.5pt e/w @ 150/1Lost -1pt