10th Oct 2017 | CIMB Classic

CIMB Classic Trends

Mining For Birdies

The PGA Tour's visit to the Far East is part of the season with FedExCup points up for grabs in Malaysia. We look at the trends of past leaderboards.

The CIMB Classic moved to Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in 2013, which means we have limited data to go on. Instead of using past champions we are opened out the trends to include players finishing inside the top-5 (2013,14,15) and last year’s winner Justin Thomas, giving us a sample size of 14 players to work with. 

Top-60 on tour for par-4 scoring
Nine of the last 14 measured players ranked inside the top-30 on tour for par 4 scoring average with a median rank of 18.

Top-60 on tour for birdie or better conversion
Justin Thomas won the CIMB Classic with a winning score of 26-under and 23-under (last year). Eight players finished on 20-under or better in the past two years.. It is therefore imperative to hit GIR and make birdies.

Top-60 on tour for strokes gained with approach shots
Ryan Moore and Justin Thomas are both two-time winners of the CIMB Classic and iron play is a key component to success at Kuala Lumpur GC. From our sample size 11/14 players ranked inside the top-60 on tour for this metric.

Top-60 on tour for adjusted scoring average
Ten of the last 14 measured players ranked inside the top-60 for adjusted scoring average, with an average rank across the sample size of 40.

Players that all 4 trends:
Brendan Steele
Hideki Matsuyama
Jason Dufner
Justin Thomas
Kevin Na
Stewart Cink
Sung Kang

Kevin Na to win 35/1 with Paddypower
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 18:40 10th Oct, 2017 but subject to change