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(Courtesy: Golf Digest)

Hello, friends and degenerates! It’s time for round two of the 2017-’18 PGA Tour season — and time to win some big money. Last week, we came close — closer than we have in a while when Tony Finau finished second at the Safeway Open. Now it’s time to capitalize.

The CIMB Classic in Malaysia is becoming one of the Tour’s great early season events. With plenty of big name talent teeing it up, picking a winner won’t be easy. Unless, of course, you just pick Justin Thomas.

I’ll be honest, there’s no way I’m not taking the action on the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year. I’d probably take the action if I had to pay money out. Being right is better than being rich. Sometimes.

Anyway — the streak for Thomas has to come to an end sooner or later, so if it does this week, one of the other 143 combatants will be raising a trophy. With that in mind, there’s plenty to delve into and sort out.

You know, just in case…

CIMB Classic
TPC Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 12 – 15, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Justin Thomas 9/2
Hideki Matsuyama 8/1
Paul Casey 10/1
Xander Schauffele 20/1
Brendan Steele 25/1
Gary Woodland 25/1
Anirban Lahiri 25/1
Charl Schwartzel 25/1
Ian Poulter 30/1
Thomas Pieters 30/1
Branden Grace 30/1
Kevin Na 30/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 40/1
Graham DeLaet 40/1
Bud Cauley 40/1
Cameron Smith 40/1
Pat Perez 40/1
Scott Piercy 40/1
Chez Reavie 40/1
Jason Dufner 40/1
Russell Knox 40/1
James Hahn 40/1
Emiliano Grillo 50/1
Peter Uihlein 50/1
Ollie Schniederjans 50/1
Grayson Murray 50/1
Kyle Stanley 50/1
Jamie Lovemark 60/1
Adam Hadwin 60/1
Keegan Bradley 60/1
Lucas Glover 60/1
Si Woo Kim 60/1
Haotong Li 60/1
Harold Varner III 60/1
Luke List 60/1
Jhonattan Vegas 60/1
Charles Howell III 80/1
Hudson Swafford 80/1
Patrick Rodgers 80/1
Scott Hend 80/1
Gavin Green 80/1
Sung Kang 100/1
Stewart Cink 100/1
Kevin Tway 100/1
Nick Taylor 100/1
Robert Streb 100/1
Danny Lee 100/1
Wesley Bryan 125/1
Richy Werenski 125/1
Scott Brown 125/1
Chris Stroud 125/1
Morgan Hoffmann 125/1
Scott Stallings 125/1
Chad Campbell 150/1
Jim Herman 150/1
David Lipsky 150/1
C.T. Pan 150/1
Martin Flores 150/1
Whee Kim 150/1
Camilo Villegas 150/1
Michael Kim 150/1
Davis Love III 150/1
Jonas Blixt 200/1
Ben Crane 200/1
Cody Gribble 250/1
Kelly Kraft 250/1
Phachara Khongwatmai 250/1
Jazz Janewattananond 250/1
Colt Knost 250/1
S.S.P Chawrasia 300/1
Rod Pampling 300/1
D.A. Points 300/1
Juvic Pagunsan 300/1
Prayad Marksaeng 300/1
Poom Sakansin 500/1
Richard T. Lee 500/1
Nicholas Fung 500/1
Danny Chia 500/1

Mortal Locks: 

Justin Thomas — Do I even need to explain this anymore? Five wins. A FedExCup title. Player of the Year award. Youngest player to shoot 59 in a round on Tour. Major champion. Oh, and he’s won the CIMB Classic the last two years, finishing last year’s event at 26-under par. He’s only getting 9/2 money this week, but with that resume this is as close to stealing as anything you’ll find. In the words of Steve Miller, take the money and run.

Brendan Steele — This may be a bit of a stretch, but I’m taking a chance on Brendan Steel this week in Malaysia. Usually, back-to-back wins on Tour are things reserved for the Justin Thomas’s and Jordan Spieth’s of the world, but hear me out: Steele, who just successfully defended his title at the Safeway Open, also has a great track record at TPC Kuala Lumpur. Before a Sunday slip cost him a top-10 last year, Steele finished T-3 here in 2015. At 25/1, the juice is worth the squeeze.

Bang for Your Buck: 

Cameron Smith — It was here in 2015 that Cameron Smith made his PGA Tour debut, firing a 63 and finishing T-12 before it was all over. For Smith, he’s now kind of a veteran and has proven himself to be a winner. While his only win on Tour so far came as a team at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, he may be poised to get his first on his own accord this week. At 40/1, he offers a pretty solid return on investment.

Pat Perez — After a career year in 2017, Pat Perez is still playing some great golf late in the calendar year and poised to keep up the pace in 2018. He tees it up this week in Malaysia on the heels of two T-6 finishes and a T-12. It was the first time the veteran pro found himself teeing it up at East Lake, too. With that kind of momentum — and at 40/1 money — it’s hard to ignore Perez this week.

Fun Under $5 

Richie Werenski — Without a lot of big names at the back of the field, there aren’t a lot of guys getting ridiculous money who could actually pull of a feat like winning on the PGA Tour right now. In my opinion, the one exception to that is Richie Werenski at 125/1. While Werenski has a ho-hum week at Silverado, there’s still some shine on the finish of a guy who put together a heck of a post season run. As the category suggests, there’s no reason to be big — but a little investment here could mean a big payday!

There you have it, friends and degenerates. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to hours or Reddit wormholes to explore and no sleep to get.

Until next time, go and choose wisely…

-Golfstradamus.

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