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TOURNAMENT
CIMB Classic

  • 2nd tournament of the 2018-19 Season
  • Held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • First of three straight overseas events (Asian Swing)
  • Seven of next 11 weeks will feature overseas events

LAST YEAR & PREVIOUS WINNERS

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  • Last year Pat Perez built up a massive seven stroke lead during the final round, eventually winning by four strokes over Keegan Bradley. Perez’s final round 69 was good enough for his second PGA Tour title in 25 starts. Justin Thomas came into the week looking for a third straight victory at the CIMB Classic, but a tough weekend left him in 17th place. Ryan Moore is also a two-time winner of the event, securing back-to-back victories in 2014 and 2015. Gary Woodland was runner-up for both of Moore’s wins.

COURSE

  • TPC Kualu Lumpur (West) –7005 Yards, Par-72
  • Located just eight kilometres from the heart of Kualu Lumpur’s city centre, TPC Kualu Lumpur is Southeast Asia’s first and only TPC track.
  • Since 2015 this course has been ranked #78 in the World’s Greatest Courses list and #88 in the Top 100 Platinum Golf & Country Clubs of the World 2018-2019
  • TPC Kuala Lumpur’s West Course completed another upgrade in August 2018
  • By end of 2018, seven Malaysian Opens and five CIMB Classic tournaments will have been held on TPC Kuala Lumpur’s multi-award winning West Course
  • The Club’s massive 236 000 square feet clubhouse features top notch facilities. There’s an Olympic-size swimming pool, 3-tier fully automated driving range, golf academy, tennis, squash and badminton courts, bowling centre, movie theatre, fitness centre, local and international restaurants, children’s playground, banquet hall, 10 000 square feet pro  shop, business centre, executive lounges, suites and more
  • 72-Hole Record: 262 (Justin Thomas, 2015)
  • 18-Hole Record: 61 (Justin Thomas, 2015 – 2nd round)

FIELD

  • Justin Thomas and Paul Casey in the field after competing in the Ryder Cup two weeks ago
  • 10 of the 30 players from the Tour Championship will tee it up this week, including Billy Horschel (Three top-3 finishes in Playoffs) and Keegan Bradley (BMW Championship winner)
  • Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat represents Thailand’s best chance for a homegrown winner
  • Brandt Snedeker will look to bounce back from last weeks back-nine Sunday “collapse”
  • The field boasts seven major champions, including World Golf Hall of Famers Ernie Els and Davis Love III
  • See Full Field Here

NOTES

  • Due to the time change, the event can be seen on TV from 10:30 pm to 2:30 am EST on Wednesday and Thursday, and then 11 pm to 3 am on Friday & Saturday evening

PICKS

Favourite (Under 25/1) — Billy Horschel (16/1)
*Justin Thomas would be the pick, but at 6/1 it’s not worth it

Mid-Tier (25/1 to 50/1) —Kyle Stanley (30/1)

Dark Horse (50/1 to 100/1) —Sam Ryder (60/1)

Long Shot (Over 100/1) — James Hahn (140/1)

Yearly Tally

0 wins, 0 Top-10’s, 2 Top-25’s, 3/4 Made Cuts through One Week

Last week — 17th, MC, 53rd, 25th

Teeing Off Podcast drops tomorrow; Thursday, October 11th

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