Jaidee And Aiken Are Top Tips For The Maybank Championship
- 07 Feb 2017
The Maybank Championship Betting Preview
The Maybank Championship was held for the very first time last year as Marcus Fraser took the title at the Royal Selangor Golf Club but there is a different venue for the second edition as the Palm Course at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur takes on hosting duties from Thursday...
- Saujana Golf and Country Club hosted the Malaysian Open on six occasions
- Thongchai Jaidee won the Malaysian Open at Saujana in 2004 and 2005
|9th February - 12th February||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
| Thongchai Jaidee (each way)
|@ 25 / 1|
|Thomas Aiken (each way)||@ 33 / 1|
|Prayad Marksaeng (each way)||@ 125 / 1|
The Head Of The Market
Charl Schwartzel heads here as a 12/1 joint-favourite (Betfair) and the 2011 Masters winner has finished in the top-20 in his past three visits to Malaysia, albeit it is difficult to know what you are going to get from him in what will be the South African's first start in two months.
Co-favourite, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, is in prime form after tying for 11th in Dubai last week but he is someone who makes more appeal as an each-way selection at longer odds because he simply doesn't win enough. The same could be said of Bernd Wiesberger (14/1) who continues his search for a fourth win on the European Tour and he did finish runner-up at Kuala Lumpur in 2014 and 2015, although we prefer to take a look at three players at bigger prices...
The Maybank Championship may in its infancy as a European Tour event but we do have some course form to look at as the Saujana Golf and Country Club hosted the Malaysian Open in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Thongchai Jaidee knows all about the track as he won the Malaysian Open there in 2004 and 2005, with Betfred pricing him 25/1 this week. The Thai star came through tough conditions in Dubai to sign off with a 67 and a tie for 15th on Sunday, while of more significance is the fact that he is hitting 73% of greens in regulation this year. GIR stats are likely to prove crucial around this 7,186 yard course, which brings us to our next pick...
Tip #1: Thongchai Jaidee (each way) @ 25/1 with Betfred.
Aiken To The Fore
Thomas Aiken has already run into some place money for us twice during 2017 (28/1 and 45/1) as he has been in excellent form either side of the new year, racking up four successive top-fifteens prior to a tough week in Dubai where he never enjoyed the best of conditions. The South African ranked first for GIR stats on the European Tour during 2016 and he is hitting an eye-watering 80.56% of GIR so far this year!
Crucially, Aiken is much-improved with putter in hand and he is a player who tends to thrive at this time of the year, with all three of his previous European Tour wins coming during the first-half of the calendar, including his Avantha Masters success in March 2013 and his Africa Open win in February 2014.
Tip #2: Thomas Aiken (each way) @ 33/1 with Betfred.com.
The Outside Pick
Finally, we are siding with another Thai player who has course form under his belt as Prayad Marksaeng is worth a speculative each-way punt at a frankly massive 125/1. It was only two weeks ago that Marksaeng was winning the Singapore Open, which incidentally was his third win in the past two years, and the 51-year-old has previous at Saujana having finished third there in 2004 and runner-up in 2009.
Tip #3: Prayad Marksaeng (each way) @ 125/1 with Betfred.