2013 CIMB Classic - Vegas Odds, Free Picks, + Tee Times
The 2013 CIMB Classic marks the first time that the event will count as an official win and the FedEx Cup points standings. Up until last season, the CIMB Classic did not count towards the money list except for on the Asian Tour, but that has changed as the 2013 event is in conjunction with both the Asian and PGA professional golf tours.
This will be the first time most of the PGA Tour players in the field will tackle Kuala Lumpur Golf & CC. Located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it's a course that isn't very long and doesn't present much challenge on paper; a Par-72 that isn't even 7,000 yards. But make no mistake, any course can jump up and bite quickly depending on the playing conditions.
First round action will get going on Thursday, October 24th and conclude on Sunday, October 27th. Golf Channel will have the television broadcast of the tournament, but live coverage may not be available due to the time difference in the United States. At the very least, Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage of all four days of the tournament.
Update: The Golf Channel will begin its coverage of the CIMB Classic at 10:30pm ET on WEDNESDAY night... not Thursday. With the time difference, rounds played in the local morning time will actually be the day/night before in most of North America.
Kuala Lumpur GCC - Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia
The Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club was originally designed by Nelson & Haworth in 1991 but underwent major renovations by Ted & Geoff Parslow just before the end of last decade. With those changes, KLGCC became an award winning course in Malaysia and one of the premier tracks on the Asian continent after both courses had re-opened by 2010.
With 36 holes spread across the property, both the East and West courses have been used to host tournaments on the European, Asian + LPGA golf tours, but it will be the West Course that will be used for the first time the CIMB Classic will be played at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club; this event had previously been played at Mines Resort + GC since its inception in 2010.
Vegas Favorites To Win 2013 CIMB Classic
At the top of the list of favorites to win the 2013 CIMB Classic this week will be a host of names that most fans will be familiar with. There are a total of 78 players in the field, of which 46 have won a PGA Tour event. Of those 46 players, seven of them have won Majors before. It's pretty apparent looking at the odds that those players who've won Majors are near the top of the betting odds, and for good reason. Below are the top-five favorites to win the 2013 CIMB Classic.
Phil Mickelson 8/1 (+800) - Mickelson was a two-time winner of the 2013 PGA Tour last season, capturing the British Open in the process. He played well throughout the FedEx Cup Playoffs and on into the Presidents Cup with partner Keegan Bradley. Oddsmakers have pegged Mickelson as the player to beat this week, at nearly twice the favorite as any other player.
Keegan Bradley 14/1 (+1400) - Speaking of Bradley who was Mickelson's Presidents Cup partner, he comes in right behind Lefty at 14/1. Bradley didn't have a win last season but made 20 of 25 cuts and had seven top-10 finishes. He's close to putting it together, and Kuala Lumpur will give him plenty of scoring opportunities.
Sergio Garcia 14/1 (+1400) - Garcia was very consistent last year on Tour. He played in 17 events and made 17 cuts. He didn't get a win, but had plenty of close calls; playing overseas though oddsmakers like his chances at the CIMB Classic. Garcia is used to playing internationally quite a bit, competing on the European Tour extensively as well.
Hideki Matsuyama 16/1 (+1600) - Matsuyama is a name that many more people are familiar with thanks to the Presidents Cup. The young phenom competed alongside Adam Scott for most of the week, and really showed what he can do. Matsuyama is from Japan, but has experience playing and winning in Malaysia coming up through the ranks. He is coming off of a T3 performance at the Frys.com Open.
Nick Watney 20/1 (+2000) - Watney is the defending champion at the CIMB Classic, so he should certainly be considered a favorite coming into the week. Watney won by one shot last year, lighting up The MINES Resort & Golf Club with a course-record 61 on the final day.
The Winner - The pick to win the CIMB Classic could also be considered a dark horse. But PGABettingOdds.com likes him so much that we are going to pick him as the winner, period. Brendon de Jonge really impressed at the Presidents Cup, and upon reviewing his statistics from last season he is ready to break into the winner's circle. The timing is perfect, and at 40/1, the profit is high as well. He also finished 4th last year at the 2012 CIMB Classic.
Darkhorse Value Pick - Sang-Moon Bae is one of the Asian stars on the PGA Tour, and has to be considered a player to watch this week at the CIMB Classic. He won once on the 2013 circuit, but was a bit inconsistent at times. When he's on though, he can win at any venue, and this week his PGA betting lines are paying out at 100/1 or $100 for every $1 wagered!
The CIMB Classic doesn't have the biggest field but it actually draws a few big names. You can see the tee times as well as the 3-ball betting odds below as soon as they become available at Bovada's sportsbook. The sportsbook updates these lines daily and the wager cannot be made once the golfer's tee off which means the times listed beside the group are effectively their tee times for each round of this event.
2012 CIMB Classic
Last year, Tiger Woods competed in the event and was in contention to win on Sunday. And even though Tiger began his round with five birdies in-a-row en route to a round of 63, it wasn't enough as Nick Watney shot 10-under-par on the final day of the 2012 CIMB Classic to win it.
Winning by just one shot over Robert Garrigus and Bo Van Pelt, Watney made 11 birdies through 17 holes before playing safely to an easy bogey on the final hole with a two-shot advantage. Despite the bogey on the 72nd hole, Watney still set a new course record.
2012 CIMB Classic - Leaderboard
- Nick Watney -22 (262)
- Robert Garrigus -21 (263)
- Bo Van Pelt -21 (263)
- Tiger Woods -19 (265)
- Brendon de Jonge -19 (265)