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CIMB Classic Betting Guide: Is There Value in One Big Bet on Justin Thomas?

Oct 10, 2018 12:00 AM EDT
  • Justin Thomas is the headliner and small favorite (+500) to win the CIMB Classic, which tees off Thursday at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
  • See who I'm targeting for this weekend's small-field tournament, including a couple mid-tier guys and longshots.

The PGA Tour kicks off its three-stop Asian swing this week with the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This is a small field event with no cut. Only 78 players make up the tournament field this week, including a few of the top Asian Tour players.

The field lacks star power, but two-time winner Justin Thomas will make the trip across the Pacific.

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The Course

TPC Kuala Lumpur is a really short and really easy track. It checks in at 7,005 yards for a par 72 — basically a pitch and putt for a lot of the longer hitters.

The scores reflect that with the winner reaching at least 23-under par in each of the last three years.

Water is the primary defense for this course, but it’s so short that players can usually club down to avoid any real trouble off the tee. The only way scoring can really get difficult is if the wind picks up a bit.

There’s a change to the green surfaces, too. Bermuda greens were installed this year, replacing the old Paspalum surface. Defending champion Pat Perez has won twice on Paspalum in two years after victories here in 2017 and in the 2016 OHL Classic in Mexico. That narrative around him is gone, and we’ll have to look for solid Bermuda putters with this course looking to replicate the greens at TPC Sawgrass.

The Favorites

Thomas is the headliner for this event and is about as small of a favorite as we’ll see heading into tournament, checking in at +500 at most books.

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John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Justin Thomas

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