CIMB Classic. Pat Perez Persistent Precision Play Wins The Prize.

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Persistent precision play from Pat Perez, USA, wins him the prize of the CIMB Classic trophy at TPC Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia.

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Pat carded a final round -3 under 69 to totally eclipse all contestants and win the CIMB Classic with a -24 under par winning score;

“I knew I had to stay on the gas here, because guys are playing so good you can go low any day.”

“I was expecting someone to shoot sixty three or something like that.”

“I’m a different person than I was seventeen years ago. Even, like five years ago.”

“So I’m learning how to play the game. I’m learning how to play my own game and stay within myself and that kind of stuff and, like you said, I’m a late bloomer.”

“I”m not gonna change anything, I’m still not gonna work out. I’m still gonna have a bad diet. I’m going to enjoy myself.”

Four shots back was a resurgent Keegan Bradley, USA, a bogey free final round -5 under par 67 confirming his return to the top flight, with a second place finish at -20 under par.

Xander Schauffele, USA, even par 72 today, and Sung KangSouth Korea, with a last round -1 under par 71, tied in third position with -17 under par totals.

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CIMB Classic. Pat Perez Performs Perfectly for 54 Hole Lead.

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Pat Perez, USA, performs perfectly for 54 hole lead at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

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Pat carded a third round -8 under par 64 to lead the CIMB Classic by four shots at -21 under par, with putting the main key point;

“I didn’t really hit it that great but I putted good again.  You know, I’m just kind of getting the most out of my game right now.” 

 “I’ve hit some good shots, I’ve hit some good putts, but things are just clicking right now.”

” I’ve got to hit some good shots and I’ve got to continue to putt the way I am and play smart.”

” I just made a bunch of putts and hopefully I can do it again tomorrow.”

Xander Schauffele, USA,  is in second place at -17 under, after his third round of -5 under 67;

 “I went up against a 64 and a 65 today, so I was the hack of the group today.”

“Watching both those guys make putts is always a good thing visually for me.”

“I’m playing with Pat again, which was a lot of fun today.  We’ll have to figure a number out tomorrow on the course probably.”

Sung Kang, South Korea, has third place with his third round of -7 under par 65 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par;

“I played pretty good today, and Pat really made a lot of putts today.”

“I’ll try my best tomorrow. Both days were pretty hot anyway so it doesn’t really matter to me.”

Tied in fourth spot at -15 under are Keegan Bradley, USA, -7 under 65 today, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, with his magnificent bogey free third round score of -9 under par 63.

Hideki was happy with the way he played today;

“There were a couple of shorter putts that I wasn’t able to convert, but all in all, I’m very happy with the round I played today.”

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CIMB Classic. Pat Perez in Pole Position.

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Pat Perez, USA,  is in pole position after two rounds of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

Perez holds one-stroke lead

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Pat carded -7 under par 65 in the second round of the CIMB Classic, to top the leaderboard at -13 under par going into the week-end, with a one shot lead.

Pat would be happier if it cooled down a bit;

“I don’t want sunshine at all. It’s too hot, way too hot.”

“I like it just the way it is right now, perfect. Cloudy, no wind.

“I didn’t think I really played that well. I got off to a slow start, I was one over through four.”

“We had the break, and I like the front, I play better on the front.”

 Xander Schauffele, USA, is in second position at -12 under par, he shot -5 under 67 today;

“Everything’s kind of coming easy, today was one of those weird days where I had all the breaks.”

“I had some squirrely tee shots and a couple of weird drops. But they all kind of went my way.”

Sung Kang, South Korea, -4 under 68 today, Thomas Pieters, Belgium, -5 under 67 and overnight leader Cameron Smith, Australia with -1 under 71 are tied all for third place, four shots off the pace at -9 under par.

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CIMB Classic. Cameron Smith Leads.

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Cameron Smith of Australia leads the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

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Cameron carded a -8 under par 64 at TPC Kuala Lumpur to top the CIMB Classic leaderboard by one shot on day 1, saying the putting was easy;

“The putting was easy actually.”

Keegan Bradley, Xander Schauffele, both from the USA and Poom Saksansin of Thailand were tied for second place at -7 under par following their opening rounds of 65.

Xander was playing well after taking advice from the defending champion here Justin Thomas;

“The rough has been up apparently compared to last year, that’s what Justin told me.”

“I pretty much tried to copy everything that he did because I figured he’s a good guy to imitate out here.”

Justin made  five birdies coupled three bogeys, to sign for a -2 under 70, and has some work to do if he wants to retain his title.

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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.”