Martin Kaymer is one of three selections from Niall Lyons for the Maybank Challenge.
A new course this week comes into the rota for the Maybank Malaysian Championship. Royal Selangor is a traditional tree lined layout which will no doubt favour the more accurate golfer over the four days. It isn't overly long and will require a little bit more strategy if you're to contend over the weekend.
10/1 is the general price about tournament jolly Danny Willett. Coming off a win and arriving at a venue which should suit his game the price is more than fair. He landed the spoils in Switzerland last year with Crans being a similar test to what he'll face here. Tree lined layout are right up Danny's street and although I expect him to go well, I feel others with similar attributes rate better bets at the prices.
I'm more than happy to avail of the 18/1 out there about Martin Kaymer
. He can play well on any layout really but I feel his strength lies in there being a test off the tee where he can use his natural fade to his advantage. He showed this strength in particular last year when he lost in a playoff to Rikard Karlberg. Wentworth is another venue with similar tests where Martin has showed form. He missed the cut in Dubai but in quite a top heavy field I feel he is worth supporting.
Martin Kaymer - 1.75pt e/w @ 18/1Lost -3.5pt
is a very talented golfer and one who might just be taking to these tree lined tests. Two performances spring to mind on courses that demanded a spot of strategy off the tee. Italy being one and Hong Kong the other. He finished 1 shot off the pace in Italy and finished 2nd in Hong Kong. Two solid performances in Qatar and Dubai also help our cause. Plenty of his other best performances are around courses that have plenty of rough to punish errant drives and although he is far from straight he seems to be able to get it round in decent scores around these tests. Either way at odds of 80/1 I'm more than prepared to take the chance he outplays those chances.
Lucas Bjerregaard - 1pt e/w @ 80/1Lost -2pt
Finally Alejandro Canizares
' chances can not be ignored on a venue which should suit his neat and tidy game. He has been playing well lately with a top 5 in Abu Dhabi followed by a top ten in Dubai. A tied 3rd in Malaysia last year is certainly no downside either as it demonstrates he can cope with the heat here. He is ranking in the top 50 in putting stats and the top 15 in Driving accuracy so far this year so without doubt he has a better chance than most. A top price of 50/1 is quite enticing. I quite liked the look of Fitzpatrick heading into this week on a course that will really suit. However his putting has been very poor to start the season and I'm not prepared to weigh in on someone who is struggling so much with the flat stick.
Alejandro Canizares - 1pt e/w @ 50/1Lost -2pt