The European Tour rolls into the Saujana Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpar, the venue holding sway and being used consecutively to host the Maybank Championship. Henrik Stenson (11/2) is the favourite, but a packed field ensures he'll not have it all his own way. Our man has a look through the runners and riders and suggests a couple of picks that could see one packing for sunnier climes ourselves.
We're paying 1/5 odds SIX places at the Maybank Championship.
The MAYBANK CHAMPIONSHIP | Thursday 1ST Feb.
Favourite: Henrik Stenson 11/2
Prize Pool: $3,000,000
Li is Viable!
Let’s get straight to it, 22-year-old Li Haotong is having a brilliant start to 2018, becoming the first Chinese player to break into the world’s top-50, and after last week’s thrilling Omega Desert victory, where he saw off a determined Rory McIlroy, birdieing three of the last four holes to post an outstanding 23-under par, a record score in the tournament’s 29-year history. Li opened with rounds of 66-66-64, and the mental strength he showed to turn around McIlroy’s two shot advantage with just eight to play shows he has the mental fortitude to match his undoubted skill. Interestingly, he finished T5 here last year and with odds of 20/1 he’s one of the chasing pack. We’ll take those odds for him to go back-to-back and record successive wins.*
One player who seems to regularly go under the radar is the 27-year-old South African Dylan Frittelli. His last ten tournament results show he is achieving a level of consistency that was absent in his early career. A win, a second, a fourth, sixth last week in Dubai, the trajectory is there for all to see. True, this is his first start in Malaysia, but he was T20 in the Indonesian Masters last month, and there’s nothing to say he won’t cope with the conditions. Let’s be honest, it’s not the strongest of fields, and StanJames are paying Six Places… 22/1 anyone?*
Speaking of consistency, we’re going to take another look at the 32-year-old Austrian, Bernd Wiesberger. He arrives looking for his fifth European Tour win, having taking the podium in first vat the Shenzen International. He finished with a storming Sunday, posting a final round 66 to finish third last year. He has the length, that’s not in doubt, and if he can tighten up in and around the greens he could yet start to fulfil his undoubted talent with regular wins. 14/1*
So there you have it. Our picks for glory...agree?
Previous Winners (at Saujana):
- 2009 Anthony Kang (USA)
- 2007 Peter Hedblom (Swe)
- 2005 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
- 2004 Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
- 2001 Vijay Singh (Fij)
- 1999 Gerry Norquist (USA)
- 1997 Lee Westwood (Eng)
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