The Sky Sports British Masters and CIMB Classic in Malaysia are the two big events this week with the European Tour taking pride of place. For once.
A Ryder Cup love-in is promised at Walton Heath as Justin Rose, Francesco Molinairi, Thorbjorn Olesen and Tommy Fleetwood all tee it up at the Surrey track where Paddy is paying the first 8 places.
Meanwhile in Malaysia, Justin Thomas is looking for his third CIMB Classsic win but our pundits have gone for some each-way value as we’re paying the first 7 places.
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Steve Palmer: “I was amazed to see Francesco Molinairi at double figures for the British Masters. He’s tackling a course that is tailor-made for his talents with his straight driving and ability to hit the greens in regulation like clockwork. Went five for five at the Ryder Cup and practices just half an hour up the road. Should be ready to rumble again after his heroics in France.”
“Another in good form is Andre Pavan who won the Czech Mastes earlier this season and was fifth in the Dunhill Masters on Sunday. He’s posted five Top 20 finishes in his last six starts and was a US open qualifier on this course in 2014.
Iain McLaughlin: “Brandon Stone let a top five finish slip last weekend at the Dunhill Links by going bogey, double-bogey to eventually finish 10th. The South African is well suited to links-style courses and he proved it by winning the Scottish Open. He’s primed for a big finish to the season.”
Steve Palmer: “Byeong Hun An at 28/1 looks a bit of value. He’s been knocking on the door of a US Tour win and came close earlier this year when losing a play-off to Bryson de Chambeau in the Memorial Tournament.”
“Kiradech Aphibarnrat (50/1) makes his debut as a US Tour member on a track he loves having won the Malaysian Open here in 2013 and finished third the same year in the CIMB Classic.”
Iain McLaughlin: “Keegan Bradley was back in the winner’s enclosure this season, ending a four-year drought on the Tour. Has some excellent course form at TPC Kuala Lumpur and finished second last year behind Pat Perez. Of the others, Anirban Lahiri (50/1) was also a Malaysian Open winner here in 2015 and has finished 25-3-10 on his last three visits to this track.