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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Eurasia Cup. Comeback Kings of Asia Square Match.

dragon logo dark Asia were dubbed the comeback Kings as they fought to square the match with Europe on the final day of singles in the Eurasia Cup, at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.

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The Eurasia Cup  finished in a 10-10 draw after a thrilling Asian fightback during the Saturday singles, it came down to the last match on the last green. Both teams had a birdie putt on the last hole to win, but they both missed. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño made his par putt and then conceded the putt of Hideto Tanihara, to finish all square.

It was a thrilling end to the match and a brilliant result for the Asian Team. Team Europe started the day needing only 3 1/2 points from the ten available to be played for, to win. Actually they could still have won had Gonzalo sunk a short putt for par on the 15th when he was one up. The frailties of the claw grip coming to the fore, he did redeem himself with an eagle on the next hole, but the advantage was gone.

For a long time it  looked like Asia were threatening to produce a victory to rival Europe’s ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in the 2012 Ryder Cup.

 Team Asia captain Thongchai Jaidee  started the stunning fightback by beating the Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell       3 and 2.

Team Europe captain Miguel Angel Jiménez beat  Nicholas Fung with a birdie on the 18th,  one up. Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated Thomas Björn 2 and 1. Kim Hyung-sung dispatched  Pablo Larrazábal 4 and 2, while   Prayad Marksaeng and Jamie Donaldson finished all square.

 Stephen Gallacher lost to Siddikur Rahman, and Thorbjorn Olesen went down to Gaganjeet Bhullar, both losses were 4 and 3. Victor Dubuissson succumbed to Anirban Lahiri 4 and 2. The only other win for Europe came from a delighted Joost Luiten, who just managed to see off Koumei Oda 1 up in tense finish to the match.

Golf is an amazing game, last week Adam Scott looked to have the game sewn up after just two rounds, he eventually lost, and here Team Europe won the first day 5-0 and then were lucky to survive for the draw.

Eurasia Cup, Asia Rebound in Foursomes.

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Asia have rebounded and dominated the Friday foursomes to reduce Europe’s lead to four points in the inaugural Eurasia Cup at  Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.

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Prayad Marksaeng and Kim Hyung-sung beat Thomas Björn and Thorbjørn Olesen 4 and 3 and  Anirban Lahiri and Siddikur Rahman squeezed past Joost Luiten and Victor Dubuisson, 1 up on the final green.


Two matches ended all square, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Stephen Gallacher  halved their match with Koumei Oda and Hideto TaniharaFor the second day running  European captain Miguel Angel Jiménez made two eagles at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, before finishing with a superb approach to the 18th green set up team-mate Pablo Larrazábal for a birdie to snatch half a point against Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

The European teams only winners on the day were Graeme McDowell and Jamie Donaldson, who came from behind for the second match running to beat Gaganjeet Bhullar and Nicholas Fung 2 and 1.

With Asia taking the session 3-2 it still keeps their hopes alive going into Saturday’s ten singles matches.  Asia’s spirited fightback has certainly reduced the arrears , but Europe still remain on course for victory and will take a 7-3 lead into final day in Kuala Lumpur. They just need three and a half points from Saturday’s ten singles matches to secure overall victory.

Euro captain Miguel summed it up;

“You don’t want to change anything that is working well. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow; nobody knows.”

Eurasia Cup. Europe Excel on Day 1

dragon logo dark  Day 1 of the Eurasia Cup was dominated by the European Team, an excellent performance saw them crush Asia.

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European Team captain Miguel Angel Jiménez lead by example as his team spanked the opposition 5-0 in the opening round of four-balls in the Eurasia Cup. Partnered by Pablo Larrazábal they set the standard in a 2 and 1 victory over Asia skipper Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat at the  Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

Pablo was full of praise for his captain;

“Miguel played great, he had like three or four birdie chances where he made birdie and he was amazing. I was there when he needed me but he played great.”

At the anchor end was Graeme McDowell, he had a 26-hour journey from Orlando after playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, but shook off any signs of jet-lag. He and partner Jamie Donaldson completed the whitewash victory beating  Nicholas Fung and Kim Hyung-sung 3-1.

Graeme spoke about their some from behind victory;

“We somehow managed to make the turn at one-down, which was huge. And this guy {Jamie} had a phenomenal back nine. It was great to watch.”

Jaime admitted he and Graeme had a slow start to their match;

“We had a slow start. We had five pars which was quite slow, but after that Graeme holed a good couple of putts on the front nine and he birdied six, eight and nine and after that I played well and we dovetailed really well to close out the match on 17. We have had a very good day today. To be five nil up is a fantastic start.”

“We have always said during practice that we simply can’t underestimate our opponents because the end of the day, we are playing in Malaysia, it’s so hot and the courses favor them.  We just had a very good day today and we have to not get complacent, get out tomorrow and continue to play well and not take it for granted, although we have had a very good start.”

In the middle matches Victor Dubuisson and Joost Luiten  secured a 3&2 win over Prayad Marksaeng and Siddikur Rahman. Followed by Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen who had a two-up victory against  Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara.

 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Stephen Gallacher won 4&3 against  Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar.

The three-day EurAsia Cup continues on Friday, with the 10-man teams playing five more foursomes before the tournament concludes with singles matches on Saturday.