Global golf stars poised to challenge at next week’s CIMB Classic

Tue 02 Oct 2018

Global golf stars poised to challenge at next week’s CIMB Classic

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 2: FedExCup champions Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel will be amongst the 46 PGA TOUR winners, including major winners Jimmy Walker, Stewart Cink and Jason Dufner, to challenge for the US$7 million CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s West course next week.

Following the final commitment deadline, Southeast Asia’s only PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournament will also feature 2013-14 CIMB Classic winner Ryan Moore, 2012 CIMB Classic champion Nick Watney and twice runner-up Gary Woodland.

Presidents Cup International team stalwarts Marc Leishman, Si Woo Kim, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo and United States team member Daniel Berger will also feature in Malaysia from October 11 to 14 as the CIMB Classic marks the first of three PGA TOUR events in Asia this month.

Asia’s star Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who became the first Thai to earn a PGA TOUR card this year, will also tee up at TPC Kuala Lumpur on a sponsor’s exemption. The big-hitting Kiradech won the Malaysian Open at TPC Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and also finished third at the CIMB Classic in the same year.

Gavin Green has also qualified for his third CIMB Classic appearance as the highest-ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Ranking as at October 1. Last week, Kim Leun Kwang earned his maiden CIMB Classic appearance by winning the CIMB National Championship in a playoff.

Earlier, organisers had unveiled the first wave of stars who include title holder Pat Perez, 2017 FedExCup winner and double CIMB Classic winner Justin Thomas, Ryder Cup star Paul Casey, Hideki Matsuyama, Davis Love III, Keegan Bradley, Xander Schauffele and Ernie Els.

Todd Rhinehart, Vice President and Executive Director, PGA TOUR said: “We are delighted to announce a stellar field from the PGA TOUR which features FedExCup Champions, major winners and 18 tournament champions from the recently concluded 2017-18 PGA TOUR season.

“Eleven players from the top-30 of our final FedExCup standings will also challenge for the CIMB Classic title and we anticipate yet another exciting week of world-class golf for Malaysian fans and global television viewers to enjoy.”


Billy Horshel of the United States


The 31-year-old Horschel finished fifth in the FedExCup final standings after a runner-up outing in the TOUR Championship two weeks ago. It culminated a strong season for Horschel, who finished T3 in two other FedExCup Playoff events at THE NORTHERN TRUST and BMW Championship in the past month.

A five-time PGA TOUR winner, Horschel achieved his career high by winning the FedExCup in 2014 following back-to-back triumphs at the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship. In April, he partnered Scott Piercy to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Horschel will play in his third CIMB Classic following appearances in 2013 and 2014 where he finished T11 and T37 respectively.


Brandt Snedeker of the United States


Snedeker claimed his ninth PGA TOUR title at the Wyndham Championship in August, ending a two-and-a-half year winless run. He posted three other top-10s and will be looking to improve on his previous lone showing at the CIMB Classic in 2011 where he finished T13.

Thailand’s Kiradech will be hoping to launch his PGA TOUR career on a strong note after writing a small slice of history by becoming the first golfer from his country to earn a PGA TOUR card. 

In 41 career starts on the PGA TOUR, Kiradech has collected five top-10s, highlighted by a T3 at the 2013 CIMB Classic. He also finished top-five at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play earlier this season. He is the winner of five international titles, most recently the 2018 ISPS HANDA World Super 6 in Perth, Australia and was also the Asian Tour No. 1 in 2013. 

Kiradech said: “I am very thankful to receive a sponsor’s exemption and it will motivate me further as it is held on a golf course which I am very familiar with and have enjoyed success there over the years. It will be amazing if I can contend at the CIMB Classic against what looks like a very strong field,” said Kiradech.

The CIMB Classic will celebrate its ninth edition this year, and is the second tournament of the new 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season.

The PGA TOUR-sanctioned CIMB Classic features a limited field of 78 players comprising of the top 60 available players from the 2017-18 FedExCup points list, eight sponsor exemptions and the top-10 available players from the Asian Tour. 

Tickets for the CIMB Classic is also now on sale. For more details on ticketing prices and to purchase online, please visit www.cimbclassic.com

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About CIMB Group   

CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal bank, one of the largest investment banks in Asia and one of the largest Islamic banks in the world. As the fifth largest banking group in ASEAN, we have over 36,000 staff in 15 countries across ASEAN, Asia and beyond. CIMB Investment Bank provides market-leading conventional and Islamic financial advice for a tailored delivery of banking solutions to our clients. We have structured and executed award winning deals which showcase our ability to innovate and help our clients achieve their goals. CIMB also has an extensive retail banking network of around 830 branches serving more than 14 million customers. Beyond ASEAN, we also have presence in China & Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, Korea, the US and the UK. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.

About PGA TOUR

By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide. 

The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 27 countries (88 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2017, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $180 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.65 billion.

The PGA TOUR's website is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

About Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist and FootJoy (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur