Fantasy Form Horses Head to Malaysia

4/11/2012 12:45:24 PM
Here are our Fantasy foursome looking to brave the heat at Kuala Lumpur G&CC this week  (EuropeanTour)
Here are our Fantasy foursome looking to brave the heat at Kuala Lumpur G&CC this week (EuropeanTour)
The European Tour heads east this week for the first of an Asian triple header at the Maybank Malaysian Open and we’ve lined up the players to have in your Fantasy team.

After the long trip half way around the globe from America’s east coast is Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen, who will be teeing it up at Kuala Lumpar G&CC looking to continue the form that saw him narrowly miss out in the play-off at Augusta National. Oosthuizen will be looking to maintain his momentum and his play so far this year would suggest that he will be up there having finished in the top seven three times in five starts this season. He also finished seventh in this event in 2007 and is certainly a man worth having in your team this week.

Like much of the field Nicolas Colsaerts should feel a little fresher than the South African having not played last week, but coming off a third place finish a fortnight ago in Sicily which has continued a strong run of form already in 2012, the Belgian bomber should be feeling confident. This will be the fifth time he has played in this event, and his results have improved year on year, culminating in a tie for 17th last season. This performance would prove the precursor to a maiden title the following week at the Volvo China Open, and with his fine form and a penchant for this kind of golf, he could very well be considered one of the favourites to take the title.

Moving a little more under the radar so far this year is one of The Tour’s quieter personalities who often prefers to let his golf do the talking, and has done so to great effect in the past, having won three times on The European Tour and most notably at the season ending Volvo Masters in 2009. Søren Kjeldsen has played a minimal schedule so far, teeing it up a mere four times, but top five finishes at both the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Sicilian Open show strong form. When you consider the fact that Kjeldsen is a seasoned exponent of golf in the Far East, having played in this event 11 times with eight top 40 finishes, he is another one to keep an eye on in Malaysia.

Lastly we have one of Asian golf’s greatest exports, and a winner of this event in the consecutive years of 2004/05, Thailand’s finest Thongchai Jaidee. The 42 year old he has picked up four wins in total, winning twice in 2009 at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open and the Ballantine’s Championship in addition to his brace in Malaysia. All in all he is one of the clear favourites this week, and if he can put all of his experience and local knowledge to good use, he should be a threat for a third Maybank Malaysian Open title.

We clearly expect big things from these four, but if you fancy a punt on a couple of other names, then these could be worth a look. Major Champions Martin Kaymer and Charl Schwartzel both finished top ten here in 2011, as did this year’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic champion Rafael Cabrera-Bello, while Simon Dyson, Peter Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher have all fared well here over the years and are well worth considering.

But whoever you choose this week, just make sure you get those changes in before the deadline on Wednesday by logging into My European Tour and clicking on The European Tour Fantasy Race tab. Good luck.