Malaysian Open Tips: Each-way selections for the Kuala Lumpur cracker

Youngster Tyrrell Hatton could be all smiles in Kuala Lumpur
Youngster Tyrrell Hatton could be all smiles in Kuala Lumpur

The team landed a place last week when Stephen Gallacher finished third behind impressive winner Rory McIlroy, so with their tails up our golf tipsters are going for the win with this quintet of selections ahead of the Malaysian Open...

"A sixth place finish at the end-of-season World Tour Championship shows how good this 23-year-old can be on his day, and he already has a top-10 finish to his name this season courtesy of a T6 in Abu Dhabi three weeks ago."

Mike Norman: Back Tyrrell Hatton @ 81.080/1

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Anirban Lahiri @ 67.066/1

Anirban Lahiri had a career best season on the Asian tour last year, registering two victories and finishing second on the order of merit to Steven Rawlings' selection this week, David Lipsky. At the end of a long season, the talented Indian didn't rest on his laurels, he trekked to Spain and survived six gruelling rounds at final stage qualifying (finishing 17th) for the European Tour; as a result we will see a lot more of him on our screens this year. Lahiri says in the past he has felt scared and intimidated playing European Tour events but has "matured and improved mentally"; he made the cut in Abu Dhabi on his first 2015 start and see's the three forthcoming co-sanctioned events in Asia as a huge opportunity to perform well and improve his ranking.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Kiradech Aphibarnrat @ 51.050/1

We know that Kuala Lumpur GC is a place where the formbook stands up, so Aphibarnrat's figures here surely merit a shorter price than 50/1. In addition to winning this title in 2013, he was third in the CIMB Classic later that year and also made the top-three on debut as a 20 year-old rookie. This talented Thai player has the power to take this course apart, and has been in reasonable form either side of Christmas, at venues that were nowhere near as suitable.


Joe Dyer: Back Miguel Angel Jimenez @ 41.040/1

The golfing legend that is Miguel Angel Jimenez arrives in Malaysia on the back of a Champions Tour win last time out and I'm hoping he didn't overdo the celebrations as he's my each-way selection this week! We last saw Jimenez on the European Tour finishing 20th at the Abu Dhabi Championship in a very promising season-opener to prove he can still mix it with the youngsters. His Mitsubishi Electric Championship victory underlines his good form and he has the tools to perform on a short track in the Far East as we have seen with his many Hong Kong Open victories. In a field lacking depth I'm happy to get this proven winner on board at 40-1.


Steven Rawlings: Back David Lipsky @ 126.0125/1

I'm very keen on defending champion and pre-event favourite, Lee Westwood, this week but playing alongside him in a favourable early draw on Thursday, is the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, David Lipsky, and at a very tasty price, he can kick off the 2015 Asian Tour season in style. Lipsky, the winner of last season's co-sanctioned European Masters, finished a respectable 27th in Dubai last week and I expect him to build on that effort at a venue he's played well at before. He finished third in this event in 2012 and that's not his only decent effort in Malaysia either - he also finished fourth at the Selangor Masters last September.


Mike Norman: Back Tyrrell Hatton @ 81.080/1

Tyrrell Hatton enjoyed a tremendous debut season on the European Tour, recording no fewer than five top-10 finishes and ending the year 36th on the Race to Dubai rankings. A sixth place finish at the end-of-season World Tour Championship shows how good this 23-year-old can be on his day, and he already has a top-10 finish to his name this season courtesy of a T6 in Abu Dhabi three weeks ago. Hatton isn't particularly long by today's standards so this relatively short West Course at Kuala Lumpur should be perfect, and given that he strikes me as a player who can get really hot and go on decent birdie streaks, then I'm confident this improving youngster will show up well this week.


2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Year to date P/L: -£163.75

*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75

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