Justin Thomas aims to win 3 out of 4 years in Malaysia

Doug Mendoza
October 14, 2018

Now the American, fresh from winning the PGA Tour money title for the second consecutive year, begins play Thursday in the CIMB Classic aiming for his third win in four years at the tournament, and his 10th on tour. In 2017, Pat Perez shot 24-under 264 to win by four shots over Keegan Bradley and finish seven shots ahead of Sung Kang and the reigning Rookie of the Year, Xander Schauffele. Ranked 99th on the FedEx Cup last season, he presumed he would get an entry in the field, but discovered last Friday that he was the first alternate after entries officially closed. "Things just clicked on the back nine and five-under was really a bonus", Sharma, who played in all four majors and the four World Golf Championship events this year, said.

The 22-year-old Indian hopes to take a step closer towards becoming the Asian Tour's number one golfer as half of the earnings won at the CIMB Classic will be counted on the Habitat for Humanity Standings. He finished T10 and T3 in the last two years here and also won the Malaysian Open on the West course in 2015.

Lahiri making it to CIMB was rather dramatic. He earned a PGA Tour card for the first time in 2016, but quickly earned a return trip to the developmental circuit. There are basically no more low-tier players available according to projections, so this format should be just as easy to follow. Looking back, it was really special for me to win the CIMB Classic, as it put the exclamation point to a great 2017.

The always evolving DRAFT app now offers auctions for PGA, but I personally have not dabbled in those quite yet. "I have plans for the next couple of weeks where I'm not playing any golf, so it would have ended up like a month of no golf". It rubs off on all of us. "This is for the first time four of us are playing here", he added.

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

Perez picked up more than half - 56 per cent - of his FedEx Cup points from the three tournaments in Asia a year ago which also included stops in South Korea and Shanghai.

He also won the World Super 6 Perth, sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia.

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