October 18: At this week’s CIMB Classic, we pick the top players who are likely to contend for the title at the US$7 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR at the TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Adam Scott (Aus)
Scott is the highest ranked player in the field and will draw confidence from his second place finish at the CIMB Classic last year. He won two titles in 2016 and will be looking for a third this week after missing the cut for the first time since 2015 in Japan last week.
The Ryder Cup hero for the United States will make his fourth appearance at the CIMB Classic where he enjoyed his best result last year in tied 10th place last year. With one win in 2016 and a successful Ryder Cup campaign, expect Reed to contend at the CIMB Classic.
Scott Hend (Aus)
Hend won two Asian Tour titles in 2016 to top the Order of Merit. The CIMB Classic will be an important event for the big-hitting Australian to race ahead of the chasing pack on the Merit rankings as the event offers a cool winner’s purse of US$1.26 million. He also registered six other top-10s this year which include a runner-up result where he lost in a playoff at the Omega European Masters.
Justin Thomas (Usa)
Thomas won the CIMB Classic in sensational style last year for his first PGA TOUR title. His winning total of 26-under-par 262 was the lowest winning score in the tournament. He will enter the event with high hopes of a successful title defence.
Chan Shih-chang (Tpe)
Chan enjoyed a splendid season in 2016 where he won two Asian Tour titles. A former Asian Development Tour (ADT) player and winner, Chan will be in fine form ahead of his debut at the CIMB Classic. He finished in tied third place in Macao last week so expect him to put up a strong fight again this week.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
Lahiri will be fired up at the CIMB Classic after finishing second in Macao last week where he was defeated on the first play-off hole to Pavit Tangkamolprasert. He birdied the last seven holes to force extra time and will be aiming for another fine performance at the CIMB Classic.