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. 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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Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Jessica Korda Leads.

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Jessica Korda leads the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament going into the final round tomorrow at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Jessica shot a bogey free third round -6 under par 65 to take the lead into the final round of the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, with a -12 under par total, and a two shot lead over the field.

Jessica said it has been a while since she was in contention, and it is nice to be back in business. She had been performing so poorly that she backed off the Solheim Cup team;

“It’s a confidence builder. I haven’t been in this position in such a long time, since basically January.”

“It’s just so nice to be back.”

“I really played myself off of the team so I kind of knew that I wasn’t going to get on there. I told Juli that I had bigger things to worry about.”

“I had been playing so poorly that Solheim wasn’t even on my radar at that point.”

“That week I made the cut and I was so happy with myself and then at Evian I missed the cut again and so I was really just happy to sit at home on the couch and watch the girls do their thing because I don’t think I could have contributed to the team like I know I should have.”

Stacy Lewis shares second place with Ha Na Jang, both at -10 under par for the competition. Stacy also had a -6 under par 65, while Ha Na stood still with an even par round of 71.

Stacy is looking forward to a shoot out tomorrow;

This golf course is just a shootout.”

“It’s just who is going to make the most birdies at the end of the week.”

“Just nice to be back somewhere close to the lead and hopefully just within a few shots going into tomorrow.

World number one Lydia Ko is tied in third place with Shanshan Feng and Xi Yu Lin, all at -9 under par.

Lydia gave us her views on Jess and Stacy, following her -3 under par round today;

“Jess is such a solid player. You know, her iron game is great, and I think she’s one of the best putters on the tour.”

“Stacy, she’s always up there. She’s always contending and always around the leaders or leading.”

“I said before all this Asia swing started that she will make; have a win by the end of the season.”

“She shot like one over the first day, but look how she comes back the next two days.”

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Ha Na Jang Half-Way Leader.

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Rookie Ha Na Jang from South Korea is the half-way leader in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Ha Na cared a bogey free second round -6 under par 65 to top the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia leaderboard at -10 under par. She was really happy with her bogey free effort;

“I think today’s really good round because no bogey today.”

“Just six birdies straight, so I think it’s two weeks since I won Korea tournament, so it’s a little bit more confident.”

“No pressure today. It’s like a little more simple. It’s a really good round today.”

Xi Yu Lin, one of the overnight leaders, is in second place, one shot back at -9 under par, a second round -3 under 68 keeping her in touch with the leader.

Current world number two Inbee Park shares third place at -8 under par. A second round -5 under par 66 moving her up the leaderboard, well ahead of world number one Lydia Ko, who recovered a bit today with -6 under par 65, which is also her tournament score, four shots off the pace.

Inbee was pleased with her putting performance today;

“Yesterday was a really bad putting day but today was much better.”

“Putting is really key to success on every golf course, and especially this golf course.”

“A lot of short irons and when you have a lot of opportunities you got to make those birdie putts.”

Alison Lee was the other overnight leader, and led for much of the day on Friday, that is until she made bogey on 15 and 16, dropping her into the third place tie with Inbee and Yani Tseng.

Defending Champion Shanshan Feng was in contention, but made double bogey on the last, finishing with a -7  under par total.

Maybank Malaysian Open. Lightning Lee Westwood Wins

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A lightning storm delay could not de-rail Lee Westwood as he wins the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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This win ended a  near two-year absence from the winner’s circle for Lee Westwood, he had to wait a bit longer than he expected due to the threat of lightning, which forced play to be suspended for over four hours at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
Lee carded a final round -4 under par 68, to post a winning total of -18 under par, a massive seven shot margin over his nearest rival.

Knowing what works was the key for Lee, along with putting well;

“I started working with a new coach a few weeks ago, Mike Walker, and Billy Foster came back on the bag at the end of last year, so I was going back to what I had done before because it had worked. It’s started to work already the last couple of weeks, I’ve played well in Houston and at the Masters last week and this week I’ve obviously played very well. It’s a golf course that suits my game; it’s very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good.”

” Now I feel like I’ve got a short game and starting to roll a few putts in. It makes a helluva difference if you can get up-and-down if you miss a few greens and keeps the momentum going.”

Lee will now be heading back up towards the top ten in the World Golf Rankings, he had slipped back to 36th on the ladder.

Three players tied in second place at -11  under par, a whopping seven shots off the pace. Nicolas Colsaerts, Louis Oosthuizen and Bernd Wiesberger were the closest competitors.

Andy Sullivan, who had featured at the top of the leaderboard for a couple of days managed to triple-bogey the second hole, after finding water with his tee shot. Things did not improve much for him as his final round collapsed to a +6 over par 78. He finished the tournament T11 at -7 under par, with four other players.

Maybank Malaysian Open. Showdown for Lee and Andy.

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There will be a showdown in the last round of the Maybank Malaysian Open between Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Lee Westwood had his Maybank Malaysian Open lead whittled down to a single stroke by compatriot Andy Sullivan in the third round, setting up a showdown for the final round. Lee is now at -14 under par for the tournament.

Lee started the day four shots ahead of the chasing pack and at one stage his lead was five strokes, but a closing bogey saw him sign for a third round -1 under par 71.

Lee admitted that today was a hot grind to the end, but is happy with his position;

“It was tricky out there, I didn’t play as well as I did the first two days, but there were some difficult flags and it was really hot. That’s as hot as I’ve been on a golf course for quite some time. It was a real grind, but I’m leading going into the last round so I’m quite happy with that.”

Andy showed his mettle, signing for a third round -6 under par 66 and a total of -13 under par. He said he had been  trying to limit his mistakes, and he made a pretty good job of that;

 “I played well again and tried to limit my mistakes. I only made one mistake but I got it back straight away. I’m delighted with the way I finished. I felt myself getting a bit tired coming up fifteen and sixteen. I made a couple of sloppy swings but I didn’t drop any shots. I holed a good putt on sixteen to keep the momentum going.”

Julien Quesne is in third place at -10 under par, with Nicolas Colsaerts a shot further back in fourth place at -9 under par.