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McIlroy favoured in Malaysia to overcome his Masters nightmare

| 13.04.2011

It remains to be seen just how much damage Rory McIlroy’s final Masters round has caused, but after a mature showing from the youngster in the aftermath, he’s a good bet to immediately set the record straight this week.

Both McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel landed in Malaysia yesterday having flown over together from Augusta, and Masters champion Schwartzel also finds himself at the head of the Maybank Malaysian Open betting.

A strong field including three current Major champions (Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer) will provide plenty of betting value this week, and credit has to be shown to Schwartzel and McIlroy who could’ve used the Masters to excuse themselves from this commitment.

As such Schwartzel has to be the best bet this week as the man will be flying high in confidence having birdied the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes of Augusta to secure his maiden green jacket, and at 12/1 the South African is incredible value.

Kaymer heads the betting with Maybank Malaysian Open odds of 8/1 with McIlroy second favourite at 10/1 and Open champion Oosthuizen is fourth favourite at 16/1.

Those four are the stand-out competitors in the field this week but there is plenty of quality further down the betting with Seung-Yul Noh (20/1), Matteo Manassero (25/1), Simon Dyson (40/1) and Soren Kjeldsen (66/1).

Seung-Yul Noh won this tournament last year and the talent that the 19-year-old possesses makes him a dangerous opponent to the top four in the market, but Kaymer has a point to prove after missing the cut in the Masters.

McIlroy also has a point to prove while Schwartzel’s confidence is a huge positive and as such, it’s hard to see anyone ousting the favourites in Malaysia this week.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.