#MondayRewind: 5 things we learned in Malaysia

Mon 24 Oct 2016

#MondayRewind: 5 things we learned in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, October 24: It was yet another exciting finish to the seventh edition of the CIMB Classic where American Justin Thomas successfully defended his title with a three-shot victory on Sunday.
Here are the takeaways from the US$7 million event, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGA Tour, at the TPC Kuala Lumpur last week.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]1.[/dropcap]With his tied seventh finish, Scott Hend has opened up a bigger lead of close to US$300,000 in the Order of Merit race over Marcus Fraser. He will only play in the season-ending UBS Hong Kong Open in December and hopes to become the first Australian to win the Merit title.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]2.[/dropcap]TPC KL yielded numerous birdies and eagles during the week but there were different kinds of creatures which stole headlines. A six-foot long Python slithered onto the fifth green before the start of the second round and became a social media hit while a dog and numerous monitor lizards were seen roaming the fairways.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]3.[/dropcap]Anirban Lahiri's woes on the third hole where he ran up a costly nine could have been avoided if someone had volunteered to climb the palm tree to identify his ball. As there was no one who put up their hand to do a good deed, the Indian has to return to the tee box to reload.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]4.[/dropcap]Justin Thomas is only the second player after Ryan Moore to win back-to-back CIMB Classic titles. Thomas holds an impressive record at the TPC Kuala Lumpur where he is now 49-under-par after 144 holes. If there’s someone who is counting the days to the next CIMB Classic, it would be him.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]5.[/dropcap]The Malaysian fans celebrated a memorable victory by Thomas but back in the United States, Jordan Spieth also congratulated his close friend on Twitter. “JT taking home #2 of many in style! So pumped for you buddy @JustinThomas34”, tweeted the world number four.