Steve Bamford’s Tips for the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia
The PGA Tour spreads its wings and flies to the Far East for its first co-sanctioned venture with the Asian Tour to Malaysia. $6,000,000 prize money and the fact that the HSBC World Championship event takes place next week in Shanghai has brought out a reasonable 40 man invitational field which includes PGA Tour and Asian Tour players. Naturally this isn’t part of the full PGA Tour so no official exemptions or dollars are open to the winner and there is no cut. From a betting perspective Each Way places are only paid out on the Top 4 finishers.
A field including Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Rickie Fowler, K.J.Choi, Adam Scott and Tim Clark adds up to value being available lower down the field, where some of the lesser lights are “Pacific Rim specialists.”
The Mines Resort Golf Club just outside of the Malaysian capital is a Trent Jones Junior set up, as was CordeValle a couple of weeks back. As a resort course expect wide fairways, non penal rough and low scoring. Water features on 6 of 18 holes and the 6,966 yard Par 71 and with two very reachable Par 5s, length off the tee is an advantage. However approach play into tightly cropped Bermuda greens, which are surrounded by run off areas, dictates that an excellent short game will be required.
I’m staying well clear of players who played in Las Vegas last week. Call me old fashioned and I know that players travel first class, but put simply travel and acclimatisation WILL be an issue. Kevin Na was at Heathrow at 2200 BST on Monday evening! Y.E Yang, who has been in Malaysia for a number of days, also commented on Twitter that the heat and humidity was incredible. Expect that to take its toll on late arrivals.
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Ex World Number 3 Scott has had a mini-revival in 2010. Victory in San Antonio in May was Scott’s 7th on Tour and the make up of those wins makes interesting reading with victories at TPC Sawgrass (04) and the Players Championship (06) being on bermuda greens. His end of season form has been decent although he never delivered the ‘big’ Play Off series victory the bookies thought he might. Indeed Scott was as short as 20/1 for the BMW Championship featuring 70 players and 14/1 for the Tour Championship in Atlanta featuring 30 players. Add to that Scott’s liking for Pacific Rim golf where he won the Singapore Open in 05+06 and on his last appearance in the area finished third in Singapore behind Ian Poulter on the same variety of bermuda greens. I’d suggest Scott is a value punt especially in a world where Rickie Fowler is a shorter price. RESULT: T11
Manassero Mania might be in full swing right now after he became the youngest player to win on the European Tour. The previous holder of the record was Seung-yul Noh after his win in Malaysia in March. You can see Matteo, Rickie, Rory and Noh fighting it out for major honours in the future and I rate the South Korean highly - I’m not alone as many in our Golf Betting System Facebook Group completely agree. He sits atop the Asian Tour Order of Merit right now and sits above Manassero in the World Golf Rankings as well. 2nd behind Pod in Malaysia a fortnight ago plus 4th at the Ballantines Championship in South Korea jump off the page. Add to that a competitive 14th at the Scandinavian Masters which was on another Trent Jones Jnr design. Those in the know will see the value in Noh this week. RESULT: T36
I’m staying clear of Americans in general this week but I’m making an exception with Ben Crane. If you are looking for a bermuda green player Texas based Crane is the man who never ceases to amaze me when it comes to popping up on bermuda leader boards. Indeed Crane’s first of 3 victories was in Mississippi in 2003 at the then Bell South Classic. 4th at The Players in 2010, 3rd Honda Classic 2009, 5th The Players in 2009, 4th FBR Open 2008, 6th The Players 2008…..the list goes on. Heat and humidity won’t affect the Texas resident who thrives when playing in his ‘home’ state and Crane started to find a little uptrend in form through the play offs. RESULT: Winner
Thanks Stan I’ll take the 3 figure price on this Thai sensation. Aphinbarnrat certainly loves Malaysia finishing 3rd behind Noh and Choi in the Malaysian Open in March and 4th behind Pod and Goosen at the recent Iskandar Johor Open. He won the Pattaya Open in his homeland last year by an amazing 11 shot distance and currently 6th in the Asian Tour Order of Merit. The latest Thai sensation will be keen to put on a show in-front of the PGA Tour stars and American media this week and don’t be surprised if he delivers. RESULT: T21
Australian Dodt has already been backed in from 250s so somebody can see value! Dodt is an Asian-tournament specialist who won on the European Tour at the Avantha Masters in India, interestingly on exactly the same bermuda grass set up. One of golfing true journeymen, Brisbane based Dodt has recent Top 10s across Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Vietnam and represents an incredible Each Way punt this week. RESULT: T24
Odds and bookmaker offers correct at 17:30BST 26.10.10 but naturally subject to fluctuation.
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