The Maybank Malaysian Open 2015 Preview

Written by @Matt_Cee for @Hollywoodbets. Follow them both on Twitter and Facebook now!

The Maybank Malaysian Open | Thursday 05 February - Sunday 08 February | Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club

It’s a bit strange seeing the Malaysian Open being played so early in the season but it’s always a treat. The short-ish par 72 6,960 yard course looks to be relatively easy but looks can be deceiving and over the years we’ve seen how this one offers a few challenges. The open, undulating fairways always look inviting from the tee box and big hitters will be looking forward to letting loose but with the amount of water in play a degree of caution is advised. A single shot into the water can put pay to any chance the field have of winning here so although distance will be a bonus, accuracy is going to be the name of the game. As always wayward approaches are also going to be severely punished so keep an eye on players who are accurate with their short irons. In an area known for its extreme weather it’ll be interesting to see how rain affects play but a cool head and patience should see the field through. So who’s going to walk away victorious this week? Let’s have a look.

To Win Outright
Lee Westwood  13/2
Bernd Wiesberger  11/1
Danny Willet  16/1
Graeme McDowell  16/1
Stephen Gallacher  18/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (50/1 a win, 11/1 a place)
Two years ago there was a period where you could not miss backing the Barn Rat and if you managed to get in on that little window you’ll think of this talented Thai and smile. It was during that little streak that he claimed his first and only Malaysian Open title and although he didn’t really feature last year I’m hoping he arrives here and shows us what he can do. Traditionally players who’ve fared well on this course in the past have done so repeatedly and based on that, Kiradech looks a great bet.

Gregory Bourdy (33/1 a win, 73/10 a place)
Bourdy is one of those players who has proven that course form is key here and after finishing runner-up in 2011 he has gone on to record another two Top 20s here in his past few visits. The course has always looked like it suits his game and after last week’s final round 66 that game looks to be in good shape. Course and current form are always a good combination and Bourdy has both. Get on at the 33/1, it’s a steal.

Robert Rock (70/1 a win, 15/1 a place)
Once upon a time I kept a close eye on Robert Rock but he faded off the scene a bit and until last week I’d all but forgotten about him. He’s fared okay here in the past and has a best finish of thirteenth so the price of 70/1 looks about right. After seeing him play last week I feel he’s worth at least a place bet. He’s hitting his irons incredibly accurately at the moment and that should stand him in good stead this week.

Lee Westwood (13/2 a win, 14/10 a place)
There aren’t many players who have a record as good as Westwood’s in Asia and he’ll be looking forward to playing a course that he’s won twice on in the past. Despite the fact that he finished up poorly last week he looked to be playing some good golf and hopefully he has a better year this year than last. The price is a little on the short side for my liking but on his day Westwood can blow this field away and I’m hoping that’s the case this week.

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