Wang seeks improved performance #CIMBClassic

Fri 21 Oct 2016

Wang seeks improved performance #CIMBClassic

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Kuala Lumpur, October 21: Korea’s rising star Jeunghun Wang hopes to sharpen his flat stick for a weekend charge after shooting a three-under-par 69 in the second round of the CIMB Classic on Friday.
The 21-year-old, currently, fourth on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, stood on five-under-par 139 in a share of 24th position with amongst others, playing partner Adam Scott of Australia.
Wang trails leader Justin Thomas of the United States, who was also in his featured group, by nine shots at the TPC Kuala Lumpur going into the final two rounds.
Adam Scott of Australia Adam Scott of Australia
Making his debut in the US$7 million showpiece, Wang got off to a flying start when he eagled his opening hole on 10 from one foot before dropping two bogeys. He recovered with four birdies but was disappointed when he three-putted for bogey on his last hole of the day.
“I putted and hit it pretty well but I missed a short one on the last hole. It is still a good round but I need to practise my putts more to prepare for the next two rounds. When I hold the putter, I feel uncomfortable but it is getting better. I need to practise more,” said Wang.
“I’m just playing and trying not to think about anything else. This is a big event so it can easily affect you. I have a good score now so I think I have a good chance for a first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour.”
A strong showing by Wang could also see him narrow the gap on Order of Merit leader Scott Hend of Australia, who shot a 69 for a share of 54th position on 143. Second-ranked Marcus Fraser, also from Australia, is a further stroke back.
Former Masters Tournament winner Scott, who finished second at the CIMB Classic last year, said Wang has a bright future ahead after playing alongside the Korean for two days.
“Obviously, he’s a good young player who has won a couple of times this year. He is another young guy with a lot potential and with a very bright future. He’s got a very controlled game, he’s only 21, and not a big guy. If he gets a bit stronger, you’ll see some more distance in his game when he fills out a bit. That will come with age,” said Scott.
"I have a good score now so I think I have a good chance for a first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour." - Jeunghun Wang

As the CIMB Classic counts towards the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang’s hopes of making a move suffered a dent when he posted a 78 to sit in 75th position. He was penalised two shots for arriving late at the tee after thinking he had a later time slot.
With a winner’s cheque of US$1.26 million on offer, the Order of Merit race could all change come Sunday.
Filipino Miguel Tabuena, ranked fifth on the Merit list, recovered from an opening 73 by shooting a 69 to move to 46th place at the CIMB Classic. The 22-year-old was happy to bounce back after a tough start in his debut here.
“I’m happy with the day’s work. I got off to a slow start and didn’t take advantage of the par fives on the back nine. It is a different game out here as you can see from the scores. I know I have to get better,” he said.
“It is a blessing to be a part of this tournament. I always try too hard and put too much pressure on myself. Today I told myself that I’ve been playing solidly so I should not get ahead of myself and trust my game,” Tabuena added.
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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 www.cimb.com.
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About the 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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.