The European Tour remains in its geographically challenged spell, moving from South Africa, through the Middle East, and this week to Malaysia.
The Maybank Championship is in only its third year, but the course has already exhibited a real premium on accuracy with tight fairways, tangled trouble for those off line, and small greens.
Henrik Stenson lines up as favourite, and the driving accuracy demands will suit his trademark 3 wood “stinger”. He played well in Dubai, but he looks short enough in what could be challenging climatic conditions.
Both Alexander Levy and Bernd Weisberger have excellent Asian records, although we prefer them for the Chinese leg of the Tour later in the Spring.
Young Korean find Jeunghun Wang showed prodigious talent winning in Qatar last year. His form went off the boil afterwards, but he has again started brightly this season. A tie for 6th in Dubai featured just 3 bogeys in 4 days, whilst his 15th in Abu Dhabi featured just one bogey all week. That kind of accuracy should fit this course a treat, and the steamy conditions should be no issue.
Young Swede Alexander Bjork is another name synonymous with fairway-finding tee-to-green excellence. He also finished in the mass tie for 6th in Dubai, and this course with the emphasis on accuracy should suit him a lot more than the forgiving desert wastes of Dubai. He is worth an each way look.
Jeunghun Wang, 0.5pts each way, 33/1 Stan James (1/5th top 6)
Alexander Bjork, 0.5pts each way, 50/1 Coral (1/5th top 7)
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