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.”



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Scott Piercy leads the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.


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Scott opened the CIMB Classic with a classic round of -11 under par 61 to top the leaderboard at the end of day 1.

A red hot putter was the key, he needed only 25 putts on the round. He was not feeling too good at the start of play following a poor performance last week in his home town of Las Vegas;

“I’ve been struggling with the putter.”

“I just focused on getting my speed right on the greens and my caddie gave me a few really good reads today.”

“I made the putts I didn’t last week and got a little lucky as well.”

“I was really frustrated, especially being at home, I felt like I played the absolute worst I could have played and still finished top-25.“

“Well, can I shoot 62 tomorrow, too?”

“I only missed three or four greens today so if you got 14 chances, you’re doing pretty good.”

Brendan Steele and Hideki Matsuyama share second place, three shots back at -8 under par.

Hideki made reference to the steaming hot conditions;

“In this weather, you can’t beat yourself too much. I’ll practice a little bit and head back to the hotel.”

“I hit my driver really well today and that was the reason for my low score.”

“This is my third time here and I love the course. Playing the last couple of years prepared me for that.”

Tied in fourth spot are Spencer Levin and Cameron Smith.

Shot of the day went to Scott Brown, who dropped his tee shot in the hole at the 199-yard par three 15th hole, to win a fabulous BMW i8, he tweeted;

“Make an ace, walk away with a new car. Not bad.”

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CIMB Classic. Ryan Moore Successfully Defends Title

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Ryan Moore successfully defends his CIMB Classic title, winning at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Ryan became the first player to defend a PGA title since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2012 and 2013. A last round -5 under par 67 saw Ryan lift the CIMB Classic trophy again, with a winning total of -17 under par, a three shot victory;

“It was incredible to finish the way I did coming down those last few holes.”

“I like to tell myself all the time that `I am a closer. Let’s just do what we can, hit good shots and let’s close this thing’ and I was able to do that.”

Sergio Garcia, Gary Woodland and Kevin Na tied for second place, all at -14 under par.

Gary lost here last year, in a play-off against Ryan, and his final round -5 under par 67 was not enough to catch his opponent this time around;

“The par fives cost me all week, I played beautifully outside the par fives.”

“Hopefully I can ride this momentum and play well next week.”

Kevin birdied three of the first four holes to take a two-stroke lead, but then things started to wrong, a bogey on 13, before losing his tee shot on 17, into a Palm tree. He had to go back and take three off the tee, which finally halted his charge;

“It’s my fault hitting a bad putt and it’s hard to recover from that late in the day. I never got it together before I hit the next shot and you saw what happened.”

“It’s disappointing when you know you had the lead and it’s yours, but Ryan did step it up in the end.”

Sergio was also undone by a Palm tree, he also had to back to the tee, on the par five 10th, that cost him a double bogey seven;

“After nine, I thought I had a chance because I finally got some things going after two or three lip-outs early in the round for birdie.”

“But unfortunately that double bogey kind of stopped me.”


CIMB Classic. Moore and NA Tied for Lead.

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Defending Champion Ryan Moore and Kevin Na are tied for the lead at the CIMB Classic at Kuala Golf and Country Club.

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Ryan carded -5 under par 67, to post a 54 hole total of -12 under at the CIMB Classic, he shares the top spot with Kevin Na, who also had -5 under par today to equal the -12 under par total.

Ryan reported that last year’s playoff victory over Gary Woodland, on this course, gave him the belief that he can do it again Sunday. He also spoke about the constant delays, stopping and starting due to thunderstorms, which have halted play for long periods all three days;

“It can only be a positive, I’ve been here and done it on this course, so that should give me that little extra confidence going into tomorrow.”

“It’s tough on all of us, starting and stopping, it’s like another round of golf. You are starting again and you don’t have that rhythm and momentum of your round.”

Kevin said the opposition was tough;

Sergio, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman, Chappell, any of those guys can get out there and play well.”

 “You can’t set yourself an opponent, you have to play the golf course.”

Sergio Garcia shares third place with Billy Hurley 111, both on -11 under par. Sergio twice had to take penalty shots, but both times managed to save par;

I’m not trying to hit shots like that but sometimes it happens, after the rain, the greens were much slower, and I three-putted on eleven for bogey, and then I made some nice saves.”

Lee Westwood was hurt most by the rain delay, he was in contention at -9 under par when the course was cleared for a thunderstorm, but had four bogeys in eight holes after the resumption.He finished the day with a +2 over par 74, and at -5 under par for the tournament is now out of contention.

CIMB Classic. Billy Hurley 111,Hits the Top.

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Billy Hurley 111 hits the top of the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the half-way stage at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Billy carded a -5 under par 67 to top the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the mid-way point with a -10 under par total. He has a two shot lead going into the week-end and reported that he could stay there;

“If I can keep hitting it in the fairway and keep putting it like I have and hitting a lot of good putts, then I’ll be right there on Sunday.”

“After the bad swing it could have unraveled there on 2 and 3 but I drew on some of the experience I had from last year and was able to hold it together coming in.”

“The cameras, more people watching the last group, couple of groups. It’s the atmosphere of it, and you learn a little bit from that.”

Kevin Streelman holds second place, his second consecutive round of -4 under par 68 giving him his -8 under par total. An old putter has emerged to ignite his game;

“With putters, sometimes you pick it up and it just feels good, this is the best my short game has been.”

“You just need to freshen up, sometimes you pick it up, and it feels pretty good and you go out and make everything.”

In the group of players tied in third at -7 under par, three strokes back , is the field’s top-ranked player, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood, who recorded a hole-in-one on his way to carding a -7 under par  65 that moved him into contention.

Lee aced the tough 226 yard par-3 11th hole;

“You need a bit of luck, but at the same time you have to hit it straight, it happens now and then. A 65 has got me right into the tournament.”

Others at -7 under par  included Seung-yeul NohKevin Na, Jeff Overton and Kevin Chappell, who penalized himself a stroke for picking up the ball before marking it on the 16th fairway.

Noh said he feels comfortable on this course;

“I feel very comfortable on this course, and I’m swinging I pretty well, plus I’m putting pretty well too. I’m really excited for the weekend.”

Ryan Moore, the defending champion, is also on -7 under par, it would have been better had he not bogied the last hole;

“It’s a position golf course. You can’t overpower it with length, I’m not one of the longer guys, and it makes a lot of guys hit it where I normally hit it, so we play from a lot of the same spots.”