Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: TPC Kuala Lumpur will welcome back Justin Thomas as one of the headline acts at this year’s CIMB Classic.
On a high following his maiden Major triumph at last week’s PGA Championship, Thomas will return to Malaysia from October 12-15 when he will attempt to claim the title for a third year in succession at TPC Kuala Lumpur, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“We knew Justin Thomas was destined for great things after picking up his first two PGA Tour wins at the CIMB Classic two years in a row,” said Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group Chief Executive of CIMB Group.
“Justin not only showcased a solid, consistent game during the PGA Championship, but also set a few new records along the way. And this October, golf fans in Malaysia will have the chance to watch Justin live as he goes for his third straight win against another strong field at a world-class venue in TPC Kuala Lumpur.”
The CIMB Classic, now in its eighth year, will feature an elite 78-player field, comprising 60 from the PGA Tour, 10 from the Asian Tour and eight sponsor exemptions. The PGA Tour player commitment deadline for the tournament is September 20.
Thomas’ win at the PGA Championship was his fourth of the season, which began with him capturing the CIMB Classic in 2016 by three shots over Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, highlighted by a closing 64. He was able to overcome a four-shot deficit to Anirban Lahiri entering the final round to win his second straight CIMB Classic and second PGA Tour event.
That early-season win proved a springboard for Thomas, who swept the two Hawaiian events, the Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. At the former, he defeated Matsuyama once again. At the Sony Open in Hawaii he opened with a 59, becoming the youngest player in PGA Tour history to record a sub-60 round. His 253 total set a new PGA Tour scoring record for a 72-hole tournament.
At Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina last week, 24-year-old Thomas posted a two-stroke success from Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen.
With his fourth win of the season, Thomas moved ahead of Dustin Johnson, Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth, who each have recorded three wins this season. The last time the PGA Tour had four players with three or more wins in a season was 2003, led by Tiger Woods’ five wins that year.
Thomas’ strong play this year means he will represent the United States team in the 2017 Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. It will be his first appearance in either a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup team.
In 2015, Thomas entered the final round of the CIMB Classic tied with Brendan Steele at the top of the leaderboard and walked away with a one-shot win over Adam Scott to become the youngest champion of the event at the age of 22. After making a double-bogey at the par-14th, Thomas went birdie-birdie-birdie-par to close out the tournament.
The CIMB Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Association of Malaysia, is part of the season-long PGA Tour FedEx Cup competition.
Malaysia will have two representatives – Danny Chia, the winner of the CIMB National Championship (formerly the SapuraKencana National Qualifier) and the highest ranked Malaysian golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking as of October 2.
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