2015 CIMB Classic Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

From Sin City to the land of air pollution and preferred lies the PGA Tour goes, as we head to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the smoggy and soggy CIMB Classic.  Well, smoggy it most certainly is as the PGA Tour actually posted a health warning to all 78 players in the field as the “low air quality” poses a possible typhoid risk (yowza!), but its usual sogginess it is not as the region has been suffering from a wicked drought of late.  It does look like things take a turn back to the norm however as rain, heat and humidity are a certainty this week according to the forecast, so it will be certainly interesting to see how the condition of the course plays a factor.  It’s certainly worth noting that all 8 prior rounds at Kuala Lumpur G&CC have been played using lift, clean and cheat place.

Ryan Moore and his enigmatic game and self has won both versions of the event at the 6,985 yard par 72 Kuala Lumpur G&CC venue, with Gary Woodland finishing runner-up both times as well.  If that same top 2 finish happens again this week I’ll swim to Malaysia and back.  In all seriousness, it’s fun to have some primetime PGA Tour golf on tv, as coverage comes on between 9:30-10pm CST each night Wed-Sat, making for an enjoyable have-a-few-cold-beverages-and-fall-asleep-to-the-smog experience throughout the week.

My picks last week at the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open were pretty blah, as 3 of my 4 picks made the cut, but none were anywhere within a sniff of contention, and BOLD play Luke Guthrie badly disappointed in missing the cut.  I did spot on nail Jimmy Walker as my Hosel-Rocket BUST of the week as his smoke and mirror act from the first three rounds shattered during the 4th round as he imploded to a Sunday 7-over-par 78, dropping him into a t-50th finish.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last week: Moore t-43rd, Knox t-38th)

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas
– Straight from the department of the inevitable, JT is going to bust through into the winner’s circle sooner than later.  I’m not guaranteeing that this is the week, as being young and a first-timer here (plus with limited playing experiences abroad in his young career) make me a bit hesitant; however, Justin simply destroys par 5s, and with this being a short, squishy par 72 with a quartet of par 5s, he might get enough under par on the five pars alone to capture the trophy this week.  Oh yeah, and finishing t-3rd just two weeks ago at the Frys.com Open proves that he’s still in solid form too.

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia
– A tournament in a random country buried in middle of the night tv coverage might be just what El Nino needs to jump back on track with his game, as no doubt he’s been mediocre at best of late.  Current form aside, his t-2nd and t-11th record here the past two years speaks for itself, and on a track where his long + accurate drives will provide an extra advantage due to some tight fairways, boom, I love for Sergio to contend and possibly even take home the trophy this week.  Also, his recent switch to the TaylorMade PSi irons should give him an added jolt.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Laird t-43rd)

Tony Finau
Tony Finau
– As Future of Fantasy’s Josh Culp will tell you, I’ve been mighty late to hop aboard the Tony Finau bandwagon; however, I’m fully aboard this week.  This long-bombing young buck has been a top 25 machine, and much like Lockzilla Justin Thomas I love for him to absolutely feast on the par 5s this week.  T-16th last week in Vegas followed a t-32nd at the Frys.com Open to start the new season, look for a t-15th or better this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Walker t-50th)

Steven Bowditch
Steven Bowditch
– The man who apparently doesn’t know how to take a week off has been globetrotting galore of late, and it’s clearly beginning to show in his results as he missed the cut in the season opening Frys.com Open (as predicted right here by yours truly) and then followed it up with a big fat 3rd round 83 and an MDF last week.  Yikes.  I can’t imagine that another flight halfway across the world is going to suddenly throw him back into his groove, stay away until further notice on the Aussie.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Guthrie MC)

Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner
– The Duf!  As long as he doesn’t pull an Adrian Peterson and swallow some dip and get sick on his flight in, I love me some Duf this week.  His putting continues to be scary bad, but with four guaranteed rounds this week (recall there’s no cut) and some course experience here (t-26th last year), I really like for him to whet his competitive appetite once again.  The major champion is just too damn good of a ball-striker not to get back to his winning ways sooner than later, and I think he takes a big step back in that direction this week.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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