Maybank Championship Fantasy Preview

After a few weeks in the desert we head to Malaysia for some hot-and-sticky Malaysian golf.

The course this year is Saujana GC. It’s a course that hosted the Malaysian Open periodically between 1999 and 2009. Since then, it’s undergone some renovations. Considering the lengthening of the course + time elapsed since 2009, course history can be tossed out the window for the most part.

It’s a par 72 this week with bermuda greens. The stimp is listed at nearly 13 feet on the European Tour website. That’s remarkable when you consider Saujana provides updates of their green speeds on their website and they were listed at 6.5 feet as recent as January 21st. I’m thinking the European Tour website is exaggerating here a bit, and they will actually be on the slower side.

Players to Watch

Lahiri one to watch this weekAnirban Lahiri… His track record in Asia speaks for itself. He has four wins in India, one in Indonesia, one in Macau, and one here in Malaysia. His game is starting to show up anywhere he goes, but he’ll be quite comfy back in hot and stick conditions with bermuda greens.

Bernd Wiesberger … Got stuck on the wrong end of the weather draw last week but still managed a T32. Should be right in the mix again this week.

Rafa Cabrera Bello … Continues steady play. Still searching for his first win since 2012.

Curtis Luck … Kind of like Romain Langasque, I am trotting out Luck until he proves otherwise. You don’t need to get carried away but at $6,300 it’s easy to plug him into a few lineups this week. #TrustTheManBun

Thongchai Jaidee … I said course history was thrown out the window this week, but Jaidee may be the exception. He’s won here twice which should give him confidence and comfort heading into the week.

Peter Uihlein … He’s established himself as a bit of a specialist on the continent of Asia. He’s gained the most strokes in Asia since the start of 2015, finding top 25s in 7-of-12 starts.

Others with a strong track record in Asia since 2015:

Scott Hend
Marcus Fraser
Julien Quesne
Lucas Bjerregaard
Jorge Campillo
Gregory Havret
Prom Meesawat
Thongchai Jaidee
Romain Wattel
Alexander Levy
Anirban Lahiri
Hao Tong Li

My Top 25 for the Maybank Championship

1. Anirban Lahiri
2. Bernd Wiesberger
3. Lee Westwood
4. Rafa Cabrera Bello
5. Thongchai Jaidee
6. Peter Uihlein
7. Jeunghun Wang
8. Prom Meesawat
9. Jorge Campillo
10. Maximilian Kieffer
11. Pablo Larrazabal
12. Tommy Fleetwood
13. Charl Schwartzel
14. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
15. Paul Dunne
16. Alexander Levy
17. Mikko Korhonen
18. Danny Willett
19. Marcus Fraser
20. David Horsey
21. Ross Fisher
22. Hao Tong Li
23. Curtis Luck
24. Young-han Song
25. Gregory Bourdy

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