Malaysian Open Betting Tips
This week the European Tour heads over to Kuala Lumpur for The Maybank Malaysian Open. Reigning champion Lee Westwood will be looking to defend his title and he is 7/1 to do so after he tied for 9th last week. Just behind Westwood in the betting are Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett, Graeme McDowell and Stephen Gallacher, all four of those players performed very well in Dubai last week.
The weather may prove to be a big factor this year. Last year it rained and it certainly favoured the bombers off the tee. Seven players finished in the top 5 last year (including tied 5th) and six of them were ranked inside the top 55 on the European Tour in terms of driving distance.
Finally I’d avoid backing most players who play regularly on the Asian Tour this week, in recent years those that play on the European Tour have outclassed Asian Tour representatives bar 2013 winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
The Course – Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club Par 72 Course Yardage 6967
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club is hosting the Maybank Malaysian Open for a sixth consecutive year therefore I’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s required to win this event. It’s a par 72 that plays 6,967 yards and scoring on the opening three par fives is crucial, each of those are reachable in two shots. The fairways are described as undulating and there is water in play on 13 of the 18 holes, however it would take an erratic shot to find the water on most holes.
Storms and rain are forecast throughout the week which was the case last year. Six of last year’s top seven were ranked inside the top 55 in terms of driving distance on the European Tour during 2014 as I’ve mentioned above. On the other hand accuracy with the driver isn’t that important, of the last five winners only Matteo Manassero has ranked inside the top 28 for driving accuracy in the week they won.
Danny Willett – I’m not a huge fan of backing players shorter than 25/1 however I’m happy to back Danny Willett at 18/1 this week. The Englishman is one of the best players regularly playing on the European Tour and in 2014 he finished 25th in the Race to Dubai. Danny has won twice on the European Tour, he won the BMW International Open in 2012 and more recently the Nedbank Golf Challenge. These victories suggest he is more than capable of winning this week, especially in field which isn’t particularly strong.
Last week Willett tied for 12th in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, this suggests that his game is in good shape. He hit an impressive 80.6% of greens in regulation but had a poor week with the putter, an improvement with the putter could see him in contention on Sunday.
Willett has an excellent record around this course, he has played in this event on four occasions and has finished inside the top six three times. His worst finish came in 2011 when he tied for 17th which is still a respectable result. Kuala Lumpur golf course evidentially suits Willett’s game, he’s long off the tee which is crucial this week as rain is expected. During the 2014 season Danny Willett was ranked 21st on the European Tour in terms of driving distance.
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Peter Uihlein – After making an excellent start to his European Tour career in 2013, Peter Uihlein has stalled in recent years however he’s showed signs of rediscovering the form that led to his first and only win on the European Tour. Towards the end of 2014 he made nine consecutive cuts and in that time he recorded five top 25 finishes. Just last week the young American tied for 13th in the Dubai Desert Classic, this suggesting that he is playing some pretty good golf.
Peter has played this event on just one occasion and he missed the cut however his game should suit the course in my opinion. As I’ve mentioned length is advantageous and Uihlein is one of the longer hitters on the European Tour, last season he ranked 8th in terms of driving distance. Finally it’s worth noting that Uihlein is good friends with Brooks Koepka who won his first event on the PGA Tour event last week. Could this motivate him to win the following week?
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David Lipsky – David Lipsky is a talented young American who won on the European Tour for the first time last year. Understandably since that victory his level has dropped however last week he put in a decent performance which led to a 27th place finish. This performance leads me to believe that his game maybe in good shape and no way should he be priced at 125/1 in my opinion.
Lipsky’s first performance on the European Tour came in this event and he finished in 3rd position, thus suggesting that he can perform well around this track. Admittedly Lipsky isn’t the longest off the tee but he can still hit it a fair distance therefore length shouldn’t be a huge issue.
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