We're moving to Malaysia for this week's European Tour event, and on the back of another place play-out thanks to the in-form Steve Rawlings the betting.betfair golf team are confident of banking some profits...
"David Lipsky warmed up for his return with a very impressive tied sixth place in the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday and his impressive Scrambling stats (76.2%) are noteworthy as that was a key skill at this week's venue, Saujana G&CC, last year."
*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 6 Places
Dave Tindall: Back David Lipsky @ 45/1
Lipsky gets our attention straight away due to his second place here last year when shooting 68-67-68-67 to finish one back from Fabrizio Zanotti. But his appeal doesn't end there. The American warmed up for his return with a very impressive tied sixth place in the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday and his impressive Scrambling stats (76.2%) are noteworthy as that was a key skill at this week's venue, Saujana G&CC, last year. Also fourth in the Asian Tour's Selangor Masters in Malaysia in 2014, Lipsky showed his liking for this part of the globe again with T21 in October's CIMB Classic (just one behind Justin Thomas).
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Alexander Bjork @ 50/1
Nationality bias - against non-Brits and Americans - is a frequent phenomenon in golf betting and in this case, it even applies to a country with longstanding pedigree like Sweden. As soon as Alexander Bjork wins a main tour title, the market is bound to wake up. Following on from an excellent Challenge Tour campaign, Bjork was one of the standout rookies in 2017, recording no fewer than 12 top-20 finishes. Among them, he challenged strongly in elite company when third in the Open de France and, as recently as November, was runner-up in the Hong Kong Open - an event which may very well have a correlation with this one. After finishing sixth last week amongst much stronger company in Dubai, Bjork represents outstanding value at these odds.
Steve Rawlings: Back Scott Hend @ 80/1
As explained in my preview, there's a marked correlation between this week's Saujana layout and the courses used for the Hong Kong Open and European Masters. With that in mind, 80/1 about Scott Hend is a no-brainer. The powerful Aussie is a prolific winner on the Asian Tour and his best results on the European Tour have come in those two events. Hend won the former title in 2014 and has lost in a play-off at the last two renewals of the latter at Crans Sur Sierre. I wouldn't read too much into his relatively ordinary recent results. 22nd in Abu Dhabi - a stronger event than this - was perfectly respectable and Scott has never been the most consistent type. That is more than factored into these odds."
Joe Dyer: Back Shubhankar Sharma @ 60/1
He's only played a handful of European Tour events but Shubhankar Sharma is already a winner and other results suggest a big talent developing. One of those was his ninth in this tournament last year, and the 21-year-old Indian also has a top 10 (Hong Kong Open) and a top 20 (Indian Open) to his name despite having played less than 20 European Tour events. Sharma is blessed with accuracy and a fine touch on and around the greens and that looks to be a strong skills match-up for this week's course. My man made both cuts in his first appearances on the Desert Swing and may find he significantly ups his game back on a course where he has performed with credit before.
Mike Norman: Back Chris Paisley @ 30/1
I appreciate we're jumping on the bandwagon slightly and not getting the three-figure odds he was at the start of the season, but it's been impossible not to be impressed with the start Chris Paisley has made to 2018 and I'm happy to just follow a golfer in red hot form this week. Having finished last year ranked 282 in the world the 31-year-old is now firmly in the world's top 100 thanks to a brilliant win in South Africa - where he held off a multiple European Tour winner in Branden Grace - and two top five finishes in high quality fields in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Paisley's confidence couldn't be higher, and it looks like he's just going to ride his hot form out. Expect him to make a massive improvement on last year's 41st place finish in this event.
2018 Season P/L to date: -£115.00
- Dubai Desert Classic, Alex Levy @ 50/1 PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 40/1 PLACE (Steve)
- UBS Hong Kong Open, Paul Peterson @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
* Total P/L for 2017 Season: -£336.17
* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75
£5 E/W Per Bet