CIMB Classic: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 10/12/17
The 2017 CIMB Classic
CIMB Classic: Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club) See the Latest Odds
This week we head to Malaysia for the 2017 CIMB Classic, an event that is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGA Tour and will make its fifth year as an official event on the PGA Tour. Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club is just over 7,000 yards and all seven victories at this event have been decided by three or less strokes. Let’s to find a winner, shall we?
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Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Justin Thomas - Justin Thomas doesn’t provide a ton of value with +400 odds, but he did win the Dell Technologies Championship and is coming off a runner-up finish in the Tour Championship. Few golfers are hitting the ball like Thomas, and there’s also the fact he’s won the last two CIMB Classics. Thomas was -23 to par in last years victory, and his -26 in 2015 is a tournament record. Anytime you have form and history on your side, it’s wise to invest. Give me Thomas, even if I usually look for longer odds in golf play.
Brendan Steele - Brendan Steele is coming off a victory in the Safeway Open and is currently first in driving distance as well as ninth in birdie average. Steele has never won two events in one year, but there’s a chance he plays well again this week considering he has finished 26th or better in three appearances at the CIMB Classic and that includes a third place finish in 2015. I’ll take a shot with Steele and +2800 odds.
Kevin Na - Kevin Na wasn’t great last week, but he did make the cut and hit an OK -4 to par. Na has just one career PGA victory and that came back in 2011, but this is one event where he’s had some success. In three appearances in the CIMB Classic, Na has finished 29th or better, which includes a third place finish in 2015 and a runner-up spot in 2014. With such a limited history, experience can be key in a tournament like this. Na and his success is worth a look with +3300 odds.
Scott Piercy - Speaking of experience, Scott Piercy has played this event twice and finished 10th last year and seventh back in 2015. Not many golfers can say they have two top-10 finishes in the CIMB Classic given its limited history. Piercy is also ninth in birdie average after finishing 17th last week in the Safeway Open. If you’re looking for a strong dark horse this week, Piercy may be your guy with +4500 odds, even if he hasn’t won an event in a couple years.
Keegan Bradley - Despite being 14th in birdie average, Keegan Bradley was not good last week and ended up missing the cut. However, it was the first time Bradley missed the cut since the Memorial Tournament back in June, and he’s sprinkled in some top-10 performances during that stretch. As for top-10 performances, Bradley has two of them in three appearances at the CIMB Classic, which includes a sixth place performance last year. There’s a good chance we see Bradley have a bounce back showing, and I’ll like to have +7500 odds in my pocket.