CIMB Classic Tips and Betting Offers, Thursday 20th October 2016, TPC Kuala Lumpur
The PGA Tour does not do too much globetrotting but this is one of the few weeks in the year when it sanctions a tournament outside of America. To be precise, the CIMB Classic is actually co-sanctioned between the PGA and Asian Tours but the majority of the limited field come from the former. Since becoming a fixtures on the PGA Tour calendar all three winners have been American but there is a strong international presence in this 2016 renewal with the likes of Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Paul Casey all in attendance.
CIMB Classic Betting Offers
Coral – Golf Acca Insurance Offer – place a pre-tournament 2 or 3 ball acca of four or more selections and if just one player lets you down, you’ll have your stake refunded as a free bet of up to £25 – See the Coral site for the full terms and conditions.
CIMB Classic Betting Tips
When the CIMB Classic became an official PGA Tour event in 2013 it was moved to the West Course at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. The club has since become part of the TPC Network but the West Course remains a relatively short par 72. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that the 7,005 yard course can be overpowered. This is very much a strategists golf course which rewards top class approach play and, perhaps above all else, confident putting.
It was Justin Thomas’ putting that got him over the line at last year’s tournament. He ranked a modest 30th for greens hit in regulation but putted the lights out en route to his maiden PGA Tour win. Thomas is back to defend but it’s the man who lifted the CIMB Classic trophy in both 2013 and 2014 who should be backed this week.
Ryan Moore clearly enjoys playing his golf in Kuala Lumpur. After prevailing in a playoff against Gary Woodland in 2013, Moore won by a three stroke margin the following year. It was a comparatively poor performance from the American last year when he only finished in a tie for 10th.
The big difference between last year and the previous years was Moore’s iron play. He ranked 8th for greens hit in regulation in 2013 and 14 but only 29th in 2015. He actually had his best year on the greens last year which goes to prove just how important approach play is around the West Course. In arguably the form of his life, Moore looks to have everything falling into place for another crack at the CIMB Classic at best odds of 16/1 with BetVictor.
Emiliano Grillo was taking a well earned break when the CIMB Classic was taking place last year. The Argentine has just picked up his maiden PGA Tour title in his very first event as a full card holder. That was just the start of a wonderful season which saw Grillo crowned rookie of the year. This time around, he’ll be gunning for the title. He’s in good form and ranks very well for greens hit in regulation so it will just require a solid week with the putter for Grillo to really challenge. At 40/1 with Ladbrokes, Grillo really does look like excellent each way value.