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Maybank Championship: Here's how to watch, and who to back at this week's European Tour event
The European Tour heads to Malaysia for the fourth edition of the Maybank Championship this week, and will be contested over Saujana G&CC for the third consecutive year.
Last year, Shubanka Sharma fired a final round 62 to become the third winner of the Maybank Championship, following Fabrizio Zanotti's victory in 2017 and Marcus Frasers triumph at Royal Selangor Golf Club in 2016.
Sharma and Zanotti are joined by former Ryder Cup players Thomas Pieters, Andy Sullivan and Thomas Bjorn, who brings the Ryder Cup to the tournament this week with incoming captain Padraig Harrington.
Also in the field and co-favourite with Pieters at the bookies so far is Jorge Campillo, who aims to go one better after back-to-back runner-up finishes on the European Tour.
Course: Saujana G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Par 72 | 7,186 yards
Defending Champion: Shubanka Sharma
Prize Fund: $3,000,000
Race to Dubai points: 3,500
TV Times: How to watch the Maybank Championship in the UK
Thursday & Friday
Sky Sports Main Event (03:30), Sky Sports Golf (03:30), Sky Sports Main Event (07:30), Sky Sports Golf (07:30)
Saturday 23rd March
Sky Sports Golf (02:30), Sky Sports Main Event (04:15)
Sunday 24th March
Sky Sports Main Event (02:30), Sky Sports Golf (02:30)
Maybank Championship: Betting Tips
Thomas Pieters: 16/1
Pieters is the joint bookies favourite heading in to this event despite a missed cut in Qatar, likely down to his T6 in Oman and eight consecutive Top 30 finishes on Tour before that. Pieters is teeing up for the first time here, but ranks inside the top 30 on Tour for scoring average, birdie average, SG: Off the tee and 8th for par-four scoring.
Jorge Campillo: 16/1
Also at the top of the bookies list this week, Campillo seems an obvious bet this week. He finished runner-up in his last two starts on Tour in Oman and Qatar, and was second here last year to Sharma. Ranks 15th for GIR, 28th for Par-4 scoring, 40th for SG: Putting and 50th for scoring average on Tour.
Ryan Fox: 20/1
Fox picked up his first European Tour title at the World Super 6 earlier this year and will hoping to add another in quick succession at an event he finished third at last year. Has gone T67-T11 since his victory, and has one other top 10 in 2019. Ranks 3rd for GIR, 15th SG: Approach the green, 18th SG: Off the tee and 37th scoring average this season.
Fabrizio Zanotti: 22/1
The 2017 champion finished 2nd in Oman and followed it up with a T11 in Qatar, and hasn't finished worse than T32 this year. Ranks 12th SG: Tee to green, 17th SG: Approach the green and 24th for scoring average.
Mike Lorenzo Vera: 22/1
Still searching for his maiden European Tour win, but it feels close. He's gone T2-T27-T13 in his last three starts on Tour, and has a top-10 and a top-20 in two starts at the Maybank Championship. Ranks 29th GIR and 42nd scoring average on the European Tour.
Jazz Janewattanond: 33/1
Only Rory McIlroy has more top 10s worldwide than Janewattanond since the start of the new season! He has four top 10s and a victory in his last seven starts since December, and although those have been on a mixture of Tour's, we reckon he'll have a lot of confidence. Finish T39 here last year.
Adri Arnaus: 33/1
A runner-up finish last week to Migliozzi after holding the joint 54-hole lead was his second top-10 since December, and came after a T14 in Qatar. Arnaus claimed the Challenge Tour finale last year, and is making his debut. Ranks 8th SG: Off the tee, 22nd SG: Tee to green, 31st GIR and 34th for par-4 scoring.
Jordan Smith: 33/1
Smith finished T62 last week but has two top-12s in his last five starts. Was 69th on his debut here last year. Ranks 23rd for GIR and 46th Driving Accuracy, which shows he is constantly putting himself in good positions, he just needs to capatilise on chances.
David Lipsky: 40/1
Having a bit of a streaky spell with back-to-back missed cuts following a top 10 at the WGC Mexico and his win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December, but definitely worth a look. He finished T17 here last year, and was 2nd to Zanotti on his debut.
Maximillian Kieffer: 40/1
Kieffer has gone T14-T2 in his last two starts on tour and has a best finish at the Maybank Championship of T11 in 2018. Ranks 14th for scrambling, 20th for driving accuracy, 24th for GIR.
George Coetzee: 50/1
Riding some good form, Coetzee followed his runner-up finish in Qatar with a T17 in Kenya. MC in 2017 but didn't play last year. Ranks 27th for birdie average and 8th SG: Putting.
Minwoo Lee: 60/1
Given that he's had two top 10s, two MCs and a T20 last week in his last five starts Lee seems to be a player either off or right up there with the leaders and seems like he's worth an each-way bet. Making his first start at this event. Ranks 7th SG: Off the tee and inside the top 40 for both Scoring average, birdie average and one-putts this season.