CIMB Classic. Jumping Jehosaphat It’s Justin Again.

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Jumping Jehosaphat it’s Justin Thomas again as he defends his title at the CIMB Classic in style at TPC Kuala Lumpur on the West Course, in Malaysia.

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Justin, from the USA, carded -8 under par 64 in the final round of the CIMB Classic, to easily retain his title with a -23 under total, and a three shot victory.

He said it was a fun day, especially the birdie putts on 16,17 and 18;

“It was obviously a fun day. It couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my finish yesterday.”

“That was huge for me and put me in a good position to have a chance to win today. I definitely owe a lot of it to that.”

“But yeah, it was a very easy day, I guess you could say. Those up-and-downs on 12 and 13 were huge. I really just laid the sod over a wedge on 12 and hit a good drive on 13, but those two up-and-downs were good to get me a little bit of a lead.”

“Those putts on 16, 17, were nice to give me a little cushion going into 18.

” It’s great to win again here. It’s obviously a place I’m very comfortable with and I think a lot of that is because of just everything that goes on here.”

In second place was Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, with a -20 under par total, after his last round -6 under 66;

“I played well. I hoped to make a charge earlier but it didn’t happen, but I got it around.”

Tied in third place were Derek Fathauer, USA, -5 under 67 today, and the man who should have won, starting the round with a four shot lead, Anirban Lahiri, from India.

It all went wrong for Anirban on the par five 3rd hole, carding an eight, while Justin made birdie four. He never really recovered, finishing the day with an even par 72.

Anirban reflected on his terrible day;

Disappointment obviously. It was obviously a harder start. I got unlucky with the tee shot and just compounded my errors.”

“My short game again, coming up a little bit to bite me.”

But obviously I tried my best. I fought back as best I could, but I just couldn’t get the putts to fall on the back nine.”

“I had numerous lipouts and then just really disappointed that I didn’t birdie 17 or 18 or even 16, for that matter. Just didn’t get the numbers right with my wedges. I didn’t hit them close. It’s very disappointing.”

“I would have obviously liked to have gotten over the line, but it’s a tough pill to swallow.”

CIMB Classic. Anirban Ascends The Leaderboard,

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Anirban Lahiri, from India, ascends the CIMB Classic leaderboard, to lead the competition after 54 holes at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

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Anirban  shot a third round -7 under par 65 to lead the CIMB Classic with a -19 under par total, and a four-stroke advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Anirban got over the hurdle of finishing poorly in the previous rounds, with four late birdies today;

“It’s very important. Obviously it was on my mind today, it was on my mind since I finished my round yesterday actually.”

“I was determined to keep my focus right through the 18 holes.”

“I just need to focus on what I need to do. I feel I’m in a good place mentally and physically and with my game, so that’s exactly where you want to be going into tomorrow.”

“I’m not going to think much about where I am but just think about what I need to do.”

Sharing second place are defending champion, Justin Thomas, at -15 under par for the tournament. Justin could only manage -1 under 71 today, he is tied in second with Russell Knox, who carded -4 under 68 today.

Justin admitted he played some poor golf today;

“It was really just terrible golf for the first 13 holes. It was a very weird feeling. I just put myself so far behind the eight-ball.”

“It was great to have that finish. I gave myself a chance. I hope I can ride the momentum into tomorrow.”

“Anirban is playing great. It’s the best I’ve seen him play. He just made it look so simple. I didn’t realise he made nine birdies until we finished.”

Derek Fathauer, -4 under 68 today, James Hahn, -3 under 69 and Hideki Matsuyama, -3 under 69, share fourth position at -14 under par.

CIMB Classic. Justin Thomas Defending Champ In Charge.

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Justin Thomas, the defending CIMB Classic champion, is in charge of the tournament after 36 holes at TPC Kuala Lumpur, on the West Course.

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Defending Champion Justin shot a bogey free  -6 under par 66 in the second round of the CIMB Classic, to top the leaderboard at -14 under par, giving him a two stroke advantage over the field after 36 holes of the tournament;

“I drove the ball well and had it in the fairways a lot and had a lot of birdie opportunities.”

“There’s definitely a couple shots I’d like to have back, but I mean, going bogey-free and six under is always good.”

“I really try not to think a lot about the fact that I won last year. I’m really just trying to focus on each and every shot that I’m hitting.”

Anirban Lahiri, from India, is in second place at -12 under par, he also carded -6 under 66 today;

“I’ve been playing well. Both yesterday and today I’ve played good. I think I played solid right through.”

“It’s just very disappointing to finish the way I did. Both days I think I left four or five shots out there coming in.”

“Yeah, I would have liked to be in a better position the way I’ve played but it’s not over yet.”

“I put some work in with my coach earlier in the week. Last week was a bit of a struggle.”

“Obviously I seem to be finding my rhythm a lot better. I think having played this course a few times, you kind of know what to do.”

Russell Knox, -9 under par 63 today, James Hahn, -8 under 64 and Hideki Matsuyama, -8 under 64, all share third place at -11 under.

Russell carded six birdies on his back nine, with some great putting;

“I thought I could shoot maybe five , six under would be a great score, and then I just started making putts after putts.”

“Got on a nice little roll there and very pleased with my score.”





CIMB Classic. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the CIMB Classic after the first round in Kuala Lumpur. Defending Champion Justin Thomas is joined at the top by Keegan Bradley and Derek Fathauer.

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Defending Champion Justin, one bogey, Derek, bogey free, and Keegan, two bogey’s, all share the CIMB Classic lead at -8 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Justin has never had the opportunity of defending a title before, but just wants to re-create the fun memories;

“It is great to be back. I’ve never had the opportunity to come to a tournament as a defending champion before, so just being out there today with my caddie, Jimmy was good.”

“I kind of talked about some things that happened last year and just the good vibes we have and the good memories.”

“It’s fun. Hopefully we can recreate some of those good memories and good things.”

Paul Casey is alone in fourth place at -7 under par, he carded one bogey in his first round of 65.

Adam Scott was the runner-up last year, but has started slowly this year, -2 under par 70 in the first round, to be T 26;

“This was a good event for me last year.”

“I was trying to reel the guys in but came up one short.”

“So to come back this year, knowing the course a little bit better and feeling a little bit more comfortable is vital.”

“I love playing in Asia. Hopefully I’ll be able to play well enough to give myself another shot at it this year because it would be great to win the CIMB Classic.”

CIMB Classic. Justin Picks Up His Maiden Win.

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Justin Thomas picked up his maiden PGA Tour victory with a win at the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Justin carded a final round -6 under par 66 to win the CIMB Classic by one shot with a -26 under par total. That  26 strokes under score of 262 is a tournament scoring record.

Justin spoke about the double he carded on the par four 14th, but rallied with birdies on 15, 16 and 17;

“The thing I told myself is that I really didn’t do it because I was nervous.”

 “I felt like I’ve been struggling off those downhill lies and that’s what I’ve been doing, I have been chunking. Unfortunately, I had a big body of water in front of the green.”

“But I just kept telling myself I controlled the tournament before that shot, so I just need to get back in it.”

“I had four more holes to try to make some more birdies and was fortunate enough to do it.”

“It’s a lot harder when you run 20-footers about 5 feet past the hole.”

“Obviously the Masters is a great goal that I’ve had my whole career, too.”

 “But the thing is that I could play my way into the Masters with good play before April, and I only had three more tries to make it to Hawaii.”

Adam Scott returned to form, finishing in second place at -25 under par for the tournament. A last round -9 under par lifting him up the leaderboard, using the claw grip on a conventional length putter. The anchoring ban is looming on the horizon, and this is the first time Adam has used the claw in a PGA Tour tournament;

“These are important events to start the next year’s PGA TOUR season.”

“Next week is the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions). I would love to get into contention there and try and win.”

“I would like to have a win before the end of the season. So this is a step in the right direction.”

Brendan Steele and Kevin Na finished tied third, both on -24 under par.

Kevin came close here again, and will be back to get that elusive win;

“I’ve got a two and a three, so one is next.”

“But you’ve got to take the positive.”

“I’m playing the best golf of my life. I’ve got another shot at the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions) next week.”


CIMB Classic. It’s A Sunday Shootout.

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It’s going to be a Sunday shootout at the CIMB Classic with Justin Thomas and Brendan Steele tied at the top of the leaderboard after 54 holes in Malaysia.

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Justin -5 under 67 today,and Brendan, -6 under 66, are tied at the top of the CIMB Classic leaderboard at -20 under after three rounds at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

Justin was two shots back with two holes to play, but made two big birdies, he was especially pleased with the chip from rough on 18;

“Those two birdies were huge.”

“I felt like I played really well for some stretches.”

“Being in the rough, you never know what kind of lie you’re going to get.”

“It was good to where it just kind of had to get the speed right and I did, so that was a nice chip.”

“I feel great. This is where you want to put yourself at every event.”

“I’m just going to use my past learning experiences in the other events I’ve played in and just try to go out there and hit a bunch of fairways.”

Brendan had  held the outright lead heading into the final round of the Open, but sadly carded a final-round 76 and finished T17;

“I was pretty comfortable at Frys, then it all started kind of spinning out of control for me and I didn’t have a very good final round.”

“When I first got out here, I kind of won two in a row when I had the lead.”

“I was thinking, man this is easy, this is no problem. I feel like I’m in a better place now mentally.”

“I’m trying to be a little bit more patient and a little bit more positive, not kind of put so much pressure on myself and just enjoy it a little bit more.”

Kevin Na can join in the shootout of the final round, currently sitting in third place, just one shot back at -19 under par, following his third round -8 under par 64;

“The last few weeks I’ve never felt so comfortable coming down the stretch.”

“I think that’s been the difference, but comfortable, but still finished second.”

“Last year, I was right up there until the end, losing that ball on 17, that kind of cost me the event.”

“Worst case, I win, right? If I don’t, keep the streak alive, that’s the attitude I’m trying to have.”

“Malaysian fans have been very nice to me, and also, from my first win being here when I was like 19 at Kota Permai, so I have some great memories of Malaysia and I can only thank Malaysia for that.”


CIMB Classic. Now Justin Thomas Cards a 61.

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The CIMB Classic is giving up some low numbers this week, now Justin Thomas has carded a 61 in the second round.

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Justin scored -11 under par 61 in the second round of the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia., for a -15 under par total. The round was so good it could have been a 58 or 59;

“I would say after I birdied 14, 15, I knew I just needed to get, I guess, two of my last three.”

“And then, I mean, they’re all pretty easy holes. They’re all wedge holes. So it was obviously unfortunate not to get that number (59), but I’m sure I’ll have many more chances in my career.”

“Being 5 under through the first five holes, which are pretty scoreable, made a difference.”

“That got me in that attack mindframe. I did well and gave myself easy birdie putts.

Justin is also thankful for the air conditioning in his hotel;

“Thank God for the air-conditioning.”

“I never have been to this part of the world before and my body is still adjusting. Today was a little better. I even slept in, until 5.30 a.m.”

Brendan Steele holds second place at -14 under par, after his second round -9 under par 63 being patient and positive is the key’

“I’m trying to be really patient, and I’m trying to be really positive this week.”

Three players share third place, at -13 under par, Scott Piercy, Spencer Levin and Hideki Matsuyama.

Yesterday’s -10 under 62 man Scott carded a more modest -3 under 39 today, Spencer -8 under 64 and Hideki -6 under 66.

Scott knew it would be hard to follow up on such a good round, and he made some mistakes, due to the heat;

“The heat got to me a little bit today and I made some mistakes.”

“It’s hard to follow up ten under anyways.”

“So, I felt like I did pretty well. It wasn’t ‘terrible, terrible.’ It was just a little out of sync and when you’re firing on everything and then out of sync a little bit, it seems like it’s really bad, but it’s really not that bad.”