3 best CIMB Classic bets include Matsuyama topping rest of world

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The new PGA Tour season is really cranking into gear as the CIMB Classic comes into view, with a few of the game’s big guns dusting off the bag to take part in the fourth tournament on the 2014/15 calendar.

Among those travelling to Malaysia for one of the Tour’s rare forays away from US soil, the heaviest artillery comes in the form of world number four Sergio Garcia, making his first start since the Ryder Cup.

The Spaniard is an understandable favourite and certainly worthy of a few pennies staked at odds of 10/1.

Garcia finished 11th at the Kuala Lumpur Golf Club last season to kick-off a fantastic campaign, where he made 15 of 16 cuts, posted 10 top-10s including three successive runner-up spots and polished it all off tying for ninth at the Tour Championships.

Staying with the overall prize, each-way value looks to be lurking with seasonal debutant Gary Woodland at 16/1.

If the Kansas native and huge Royals fan can keep his mind away from the baseball World Series he’s in with a very good shot, having tied for second on the Par 72 West Course at the Kuala Lumpur GC in 2013.

Woodland finished last season strongly, carding a third-round 63 en-route to share of ninth at the Tour Championships.

The best punt we’ve uncovered however, concentrates on Japan’s most exciting golfing export, Hideki Matsuyama.

Having opened his season with a T3 at Silverrado and a T10 at TPC Summerlin, Matsuyama currently leads the PGA Tour in ball-striking and was 25th here last season.

Therefore, the 6/1 about the Japanese finishing as the top rest of the world contender, looks every inch a peach.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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