Thomas rides on good vibes in defence #CIMBClassic

Wed 19 Oct 2016

Thomas rides on good vibes in defence #CIMBClassic


Kuala Lumpur, October 19: American Justin Thomas plans to ride on happy memories at TPC Kuala Lumpur to successfully defend the US$7 million CIMB Classic which begins on Thursday.

Thomas faces a stellar line-up of stars from the PGA Tour and Asian Tour, including Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Ryan Moore, Anirban Lahiri and Scott Hend, in his bid to retain his maiden professional title.

“It's great to be back. I've never had the opportunity to come to a tournament as a defending champion before, so just being out there today and my caddie, Jimmy, and I kind of talked about some things that happened last year and just the good vibes we have and the good memories. It's fun. // // Hopefully we can recreate some of those good memories and good things,” he said today.

Justin Thomas of United States Justin Thomas of United States

The 23-year-old Thomas, ranked 35th in the world, arrived in Malaysia in good form, finishing tied eighth last week and joint sixth in the Tour Championship at the end of the PGA Tour’s 2015/2016 season. He was also tied third in the Players Championship earlier in the year and was in the running for a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup.

A close friend to Jordan Spieth, Thomas feels he is ready to break into the world’s top echelon, saying last year’s success at the CIMB Classic provided the timely career springboard. He won the CIMB Classic with a tournament scoring record of 26-under-par 262.

“I feel like I have a lot of years ahead of me and hopefully a lot of great years. I know what is meant to be is going to happen, but I feel like I have the firepower, I have the game to do some pretty cool and special things out here. I feel like I've been trending in the right direction,” he said.

Last year’s runner-up Scott, the highest ranked player in this week’s field at world number six, is hoping to go one rung better in his return to the CIMB Classic, the only PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Southeast Asia.

“This was a good event for me last year. I was trying to reel the guys in but came up one short,” said the dashing Aussie, a former Masters Tournament winner.

Adam Scott of Australia Adam Scott of Australia

“I’ve got fond memories of the golf course. I think it's fun when that's possible at a tournament that there's a low round out there and you can potentially come from five, six shots back with a good round of golf. Fun to be in the mix and it would be great to do it all again this week,” added the Aussie, who has won tournaments in China, Singapore and Qatar.

Reed, the world number seven, is flying high following his recent heroics for the United States in the Ryder Cup where he delivered 3.5 points in his team’s victory which included a pivotal 1-up triumph over Rory McIlroy in the top singles match.

“The good thing is it's my fourth year in a row playing (the CIMB Classic), so I'm comfortable with the golf course,” said the 26-year-old, who finished top-10 at TPC KL last season.

“I want to go out and try to win a golf tournament. The easiest way to do that is to make sure we're very comfortable off the tees and comfortable around the greens. I know what to expect and you have to mentally be strong around this golf course.”

Two-time CIMB Classic champion Moore, who clinched the winning point for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup, said he feels at home whenever he returns to the CIMB Classic. “I look forward to this event every single year. It's treated me really well. I think I only missed it one year in all the years since it's been around and that's only because my son was born. It's an event I love. I love coming to KL. It's just a week I enjoy,” he said.

“I feel like I have a lot of years ahead of me and hopefully a lot of great years. I know what is meant to be is going to happen, but I feel like I have the firepower, I have the game to do some pretty cool and special things out here. I feel like I've been trending in the right direction." - Justin Thomas

He added the Ryder Cup experience was one to cherish in his lifetime. “It's like nothing else in golf that I've ever experienced. It was an incredible week. It's just so different than what we do every single week on Tour. We get to play with teammates and go out there - it was just fun. I was fortunate to be the person to get that final point, to get the clinching point for the U.S. That's something I'll have the rest of my life.”

About CIMB Group

The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 9 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately USD 9.6 billion as of 30 June 2016 and about 40,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at


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