The PGA Tour begins its annual trip to the east as the players head to Malaysia for the CIMB classic. The stop over in the East has become a favorite for players and fans alike as it provides a different backdrop and demands a bit extra from the players. The usual commute around America to different events is broken up as the players make the 20 odd hour flight. TPC Kuala Lumpur is the host venue which measures 7, 005 yards and plays as a par 72. Last years champion Justin Thomas is back to defend the title he won. It was the win at the CIMB classic that propelled him forward as the man from Louisville Kentucky recorded the best year he has ever had on tour. It will take some beating to produce anything that can top what Thomas did last year. The FedEx Cup champion will be brimming with confidence and in all likelihood be hard to stop as he eyes more PGA Tour accolades. With a slightly weaker field there is every chance that Thomas may stage a runaway victory but golf doesn’t make it a habit when it comes to following scripts. Anyone on tour paying attention to Thomas’s breakaway season would have noticed just how important the CIMB Classic was. If it’s early season momentum the players are after than a top showing in Malaysia will go a long way. With a purse of $7, 000, 000 it is represents a great chance to get early season money in the bank for the players. Roll on the action in Malaysia..
Justin Thomas (+400 BetOnline.ag)
It goes without saying that Justin Thomas is the favorite. He is the highest ranked player in the field and is in the form of his life. It will be incredibly hard to stop him as he knows how to get winning done on this course. Thomas is showing that golf doesn’t have to be unforgiving but rather plain sailing.
Branden Grace (+3300 BetOnline.ag)
Grace is one of the longer hitters on tour and will surely bring TPC Kuala Lumpur to its knees. If the South African can get the flat stick firing it will be likely that he can put together 4 very competitive round’s in the sixties.
Ian Poulter (+2800 BetOnline.ag)
The Englishman is coming off a finish of tied 11th at the British Masters and will fancy his chances coming into this week. His experience may be enough to pull off a win in Malaysia.
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