Malaysian Open – Golf Preview Picks and Tips
The European Tour is back in action from Asia this week with the Malaysian Open. This is a co sanctioned event with the Asian Tour so their is a strong mix o both tours. The Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club is a par 72 but plays under 7,000 yards. This course hosted the CIMB classic last year and the course used for this event for the last 4 years also.
Its not a simple course and it has its quirks so playing previously here will be an advantage to a player. Length off the tee isn’t important due to the length of the course compared to some of the monsters we see on tour. Good Iron play will prove far more important and good scrambling if needed and a half decent 4 days with the putter. Players who came off August havn’t faired badly either for some reason.
Last year saw just 3 rounds completed and as always in that part of the World rain could well cause a days golf to be lost but lets hope not for now. Also it should be noted the recent EurAsia Cup took place in Kuala Lumpar too so players who played in that event will have gained plenty from that.
Westwood travels here for the first time, fresh from his a good showing at August but Lee needs to show can he win and his putting has been woeful at times. Their is much value in looking elsewhere than the serial placer who still has a bit to do with his game before he is to win a big event again. Fleetwood just missed my cut and I go with 5 picks for this event.
Malaysian Open Picks:
Mikko Ilonen 50/1 Ladbrokes – The Fin can hit some lovely shots and likely hasn’t been as good as his talents deserve. He top 20 last year but he can improve and with only a handful of big names he can take care of them.
Kiradech Aphibarnat 33/1 betfair sportsbook- Defending champion, has had a mixed bag in 2014 so far but does really enjoy playing here. He was also third in the more recent CIMB classic so he is hard to ignore.
Hennie Otto 55/1 Betfred – Showing some very good year so far this season and could turn up at an event that is asking to be won. He hits plenty fairways and greens and gives himself the chances he needs to win. 7th his only time here so has that going for him and good sign he was keen to return.
David Horsey 40/1 skybet- Liking his recent confidence, he is an accurate player who travels well with notable results in many of the wide ranging events on Tour lately. Game should really suit here so big week on cards.
Gregory Bourdy 50/1 bet365 – Been quiet due to the lack of events to play in for the French man but will be keen to get showing his best golf. His 2014 form is showing all the signs of a man ready to add to his win list. Has done well here in the past to suggest he can build on that.