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The Course - Saujana Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur
The European Tour switches continents again this week as it heads back to Asia for the 4th Maybank Championship in the beautiful south Asian country of Malaysia. Sitting some 30 miles from Kuala Lumpur, and redesigned by Robert Fream in 2015, Saujana Golf Club is a relatively short par 72 track that will yield large numbers of birdies for the players this week.
Winning scores over the past 3 years have been -19, -15 & -21 showing that the best players can score extremely well around this undulating parkland course. What protection the course does have comes from blustery winds, aggressive bunkering, and several well placed water hazards around the greens. It can also help to be acclimatised to these hot, steamy conditions.
The Market Leaders
Somewhat surprisingly given the profile of previous winners at Saujana, the market is headed primarily by several big hitters, with the likes of Pieters, Fox and Detry all priced strongly to contend. Whilst Fox is a future superstar who couldn’t be ruled out around any course these days, the others are perhaps a little more surprising.
The last three winners have been Fabrizio Zannotti, Marcus Fraser, and Shubhankar Sharma, all of whom are adept at plotting their way around a course, and none of whom, importantly, are European. That is an angle we look to focus heavily on this week with Australian, Asian and South American players strongly fancied to contend.
Ryan Fox: 21/1* To Win
Although he fits the category of a big hitter, it is impossible to ignore Fox this week. The young New Zealander has established himself as perhaps the biggest talent outside of the PGA Tour, and if he remains in Europe could dominate for years to come. Fox has a great temperament, hits the ball long, and straight, and should be intelligent enough to navigate the nuances of Saujana this week.
To further strengthen Fox’s claims, he has 3 top 11 finishes in his past 5 starts, as well as a 3rd place in this tournament at this course last year. With a further year’s development under his belt, I expect Fox to win this week, and won’t even suggest we spend the each way money, but go 4 points Win @ 21/1*
Pablo Larrazabal: 38/1* To Win
Larrazabal is a favourite of mine, and I make no apologies for including him again this week despite some patchy form that has seen him break into the top 10 only once in 2019. The Spaniard is also a European, so breaks another of our golden rules this week, but the price is too good to pass on for a player that finished 3rd here last week, and who can get hot at any moment.
Pablo is such a talent, and could legitimately be criticised for not regularly competing at Majors and WGCs, however his somewhat erratic play has held him back at times. That, however, does not alter the fact that on his day he can beat anyone in this field, and in contention there are few better than the Spaniard who once took down Colin Montgomerie in his prime for his opening Tour win at Le Golf National no less, so there will be no fear for Larrazabal this week in Malaysia. 2 Points E/W @ 38/1*
Gaganjeet Bhullar: 48/1* To Win
India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar comes into this week on the back of a solid display at the Kenyan Open where a closing round of -2 was not quite enough to keep up with maiden Tour winner Guido Migliozzi. This however should serve only to drive on the talented 30 year old and, if travelling from Africa to Asia isn’t too restrictive, I would expect to seem him on the first page of the leaderboard throughout the week.
Bhullar has strong course form here having finished in the top 25 each of the past 2 years, and finishes of 27,31,5 over the past three weeks show that his game is again in good shape heading to Saujana. The tight, tree lined, course should play to the Indian’s strengths and he is very backable with 2 Points e/w @ 48/1*
Guido Migliozzi: 125/1* To Win
It isn’t often that i would choose to back the winner from the previous week. That particularly applies when they have to travel from Kenya to Malaysia, and to a course, and conditions that will be entirely new to them. In the case of Guido Migliozzi there are two reasons to change that. Firstly is the price. 125/1 is extremely long for a player that has shown such calmness and quality in securing their first Tour win. Secondly, the way that it was achieved, and the set up of the course are huge factors. There is clearly very little fear in Migliozzi, as seen by his fist pumping as he hit the flag with his approach to the 72nd hole. He also controlled his ball extremely well around a tight tree lined course similar to that which faces the players this week at Saujana. 2 Points e/w @ 125/1*
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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