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The 'new' PGA TOUR season begins its 3-WEEK SWING through ASIA with the... 

CIMB Classic from TPC Kuala Lumpur in MALAYSIA


Immediately followed by THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on Jeju Island in SOUTH KOREA...… then Asia's Major in week three, the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC from Shanghai in CHINA. Playing for $26 million over three straight weeks, only the 4 Majors, The Players Championship and the World Golf Championships have higher purses !
Only a matter of time when we see the addition of Japan - the second-largest golf market in the world - and hosting the Olympics in 2020. 

The different time-zone means not a great viewing time in Europe with the FIRST TEE off time at 8am in KL - Kuala Lumpur GMT+8 so 1:00am Wednesday.

boring_bastrd • October 21, 2016 11:03 PM BST.....its the middle of the night for insomniacs, night shifters, and vampires. Devil
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Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 8, 2018 5:31 PM BST
CIMB Classic...at TPC Kuala Lumpur again this year.....features an elite 78-man field - 60 from the PGA TOUR, the T10 leading Asian Tour players & 8 sponsors exemptions.

Justin Thomas's attempt at a 3-peat didn't succeed last year but he's back again. Brandt Snedeker and two-time CIMB champion Ryan Moore are among 30 players jetting to Malaysia direct from Sunday's event in Napa, San Fran. Paul Casey, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley, Marc Leishman and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat are other top-line acts.

http://www.cimbclassic.com
Report trebor October 8, 2018 5:39 PM BST
Think it starts Thursday at 1am
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 8, 2018 5:48 PM BST
YEAH, LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT (i.e. Thursday morning at 1am). 



Hosung Choi maybe one of the Asian Monday qualifiers...

https://twitter.com/teekkelly/status/1010362689711955968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw...

Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 8, 2018 5:49 PM BST
https://twitter.com/teekkelly/status/1010362689711955968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw... .Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 8, 2018 6:01 PM BST
https://www.golfdigest.com/story/this-tour-pro-has-the-funniest-swing-ever-and-hes-about-to-qualify-for-the-british-open

The two designated Sponsor Exemptions are Kim Leun Kwang, who won the CIMB National Championship in a playoff, and Ben Leong the highest OWGR Malaysian (#360) after Gavin Green opted out.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 9, 2018 12:52 AM BST
GOING WITH Xander Schauffele - 18/1, 7 plcs with PP - after his equal third finish in his debut last year.

Xander Schauffele, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, epitomizes the game’s facet best. “I have a very international background.....my dad’s half-French, half-German. My mom’s of Taiwanese origin, grew up in Japan (now both naturalised Americans). He has emerged as a golfing starlet despite originally playing football, which was only natural given his great grandfathers were professional players. Johann Hoffmann was capped by Austria and won the French title with Sochaux in 1938, while Richard Schauffele played for Stuttgart in Germany in the 1920s before going on to be a successful athlete. So it’s cool that golf has allowed me to start here in Malaysia, then Korea, then China. If you want to be one of the best players in the world, you have to be a global player. You have to collect fans in different countries and play well in different countries.” A San Diego State University star - turned pro in June 2015 after he was a Ping and Golfweek Third Team All-American. He received the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team Award twice. He holds several SDSU records including all-time lowest tournament score against par (-17), all-time career scoring average (71.50), best par-5 performance in a season (4.5135), most birdies in a season (171) and most eagles in a season (9).

https://www.golfacademy.edu/about-golf-academy/golf-news/alumni-updates/golf... Devil
Report therhino October 9, 2018 8:14 AM BST
Japan long overdue, as is Australia Angry Make it an Australasian swing.

Honestly, who gives a sh1t about Malaysia having a tournament?
Report Mighty Whites 2008 October 9, 2018 10:41 PM BST
I'm amazed a PGA 'australia' swing hasn't emerged. Could easily integrate the aussie pga, masters and open into an end swing for the us tour.

Would give young aussie talent a chance to test themselves against the best and would boost the fields in the event. Sure plenty of guys would enjoy three weeks in australia in late november early december.

Surprised that there hasnt been a pga australia like the ones in canada china and latin america as well.
Report system99 October 10, 2018 5:18 PM BST
ryan moore 20/1 that'll do tyvm...
Report eight ball October 11, 2018 2:33 PM BST
@Rhino,Even G.Green has decided to play the British Masters in preference to a tourny in his own backyard.
Good choice though as you would never pass up the chance to play Walton Heath.

@MW,Yes would be a great thing to include Australia,as our tour consists of 3 tournaments(4 this year with the World Cup)
But they would have to change the venue(deadset blight) of the Australian PGA Championship.Somehow they managed to 'lure'Mark Leishman  and . . .and.. did i mention Mark Leishman.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 12, 2018 2:23 AM BST
JB Holmes starts RD2 with.....
Birdie on the 1st hole.
Birdie on the 2nd hole.
Birdie on the 3rd hole.
Birdie on the 4th hole.
Birdie on the 5th hole.
Leads at -10
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 12, 2018 2:26 AM BST
Justin Thomas (-6) yet to go out
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 12, 2018 8:20 PM BST
Justin shot a 61, two 64s and two 66s on the way to back-to-back wins here in 2015 and 2016, so 66 (with 2 bogeys) & 69 seems fairly routine for JT - who's 5 back from LEISHMAN & WOODLAND on -14.
With 8 birdies on day1 (just 2 on the par 5s) and a GIR stat 17of18 (so approach play is excellent), GIR stat of only 11 greens on day2 - there's more to come for sure. 10/1 4plcs Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 12, 2018 8:35 PM BST
Bronson Burgoon 25's too big to ignore.

HAS 22yo INDIAN [u]Shubhankar Sharma got what it takes[/u] - only one swing behind the joint-leaders
Sharma OWGR #116 held the 54-hole lead at the WGC Mexico Championship before finishing T9, was T20 at Colonial and already has two European Tour wins to his name.
The 16/1 shot also has extra incentive as he tops the Asian Tour Order of Merit - a big performance here would stretch that lead significantly. Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 13, 2018 9:09 PM BST
SO WHO'S GOT THE BALLS TO WIN THE CIMB CLASSIC

Marc Leishman 13/5
Gary Woodland 11/4
Shubhankar Sharma 9/2
Louis Oosthuizen 8
Bronson Burgoon 18
Austin Cook 25
Emiliano Grillo 33
JB Holmes 45
Charles Howell III 50's
60's bar
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 13, 2018 10:44 PM BST
4 of the last 5 winners had a share of the 54-hole.

Since the first winner in 2012, Watney is the only player in the tournament’s history to win from outside THE TOP FIVE coming into Sunday. He started the final round 7th and FOUR BACK, as did Justin Thomas when scoring his second win in 2016.

Marc LEISHMAN  68-62-67—197 (-19) - OWGR #24. 5th in 2016 is his best so far here.

Gary Woodland  69-61-67—197 (-19) - OWGR #38 the Kansas Jayhawk is a two-time runner-up in this event, but has some other history to overcome. 5-times leader/co-leader on the PGA after 54 holes in regular stroke-play - he's yet to converted.

Shubhankar Sharma 67-64-66—197 (-19) - HAS 22yo INDIAN Shubhankar Sharma got what it takes. HOPE SO Devil

Louis Oosthuizen  66-68-65—199 (-17) - OWGR #36 the 2010 OPEN Champ is lurking just 2 back. He's missed just six greens in regulation all week. Won the 2012 Malaysian Open and runner-up in 2014 on this course (while it's his CIMB debut). Steve Palmer's tip so God help him.

Bronson Burgoon  63-69-67—199 (-17) - OWGR #162 the 31yo Texan ranks T3 for GIR this week (with Leishman). In 54 events thus far on TOUR, his best finishes are a T2 at the 2018 John Deere (where he also shot 9-under (62) in RD2), and T6 at the 2018 QL National to finish 78th in last season's FedEx Cup standings. Go blast another nine under 63 !


THE THREE BALL BETTING.....
3:00am Gary Woodland 6/4 Marc Leishman 6/4 Shubhankar Sharma 3/1
2.50am Louis Oosthuizen 7/5 Austin Cook 21/10 Bronson Burgoon 5/2
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 13, 2018 10:53 PM BST
In the last 2 holes of Rd3 the leader group (Marc, Gary & Shubhankar) are 7-under par combined !
...THIS IS GOING DOWN TO THE WIRE.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 17, 2018 11:29 PM BST
THE CJ Cup KICK's OFF in 15 Minutes (3Balls)….. another limited / no cut field - Jeju Island, South Korea.

23:45    Beau Hossler Peter Uihlein Kyong Hoon-Lee    11/10    6/4    7/2
23:55    Tyrrell Hatton Charley Hoffman Hyun Woo Ryu    1/1    11/5    4/1
00:05    Stewart Cink Brendan Steele Danny Willett    6/4    19/10    44/19
00:05    Charles Howell III Pat Perez Ted Potter Jr    11/8    15/8    3/1
00:15    Justin Thomas Brooks Koepka Sungjae Im    5/4    28/17    18/5
00:15    Alex Noren Kyle Stanley Rod Pampling    13/10    6/4    11/2
00:25    Gary Woodland Ian Poulter Michael Kim    5/4    24/13    10/3
00:25    Cameron Smith Kevin Chappell Patton Kizzire    5/4    2/1    57/17
00:35    Billy Horschel Scott Piercy Brian Harman    6/5    5/2    11/4
00:35    Emiliano Grillo Branden Grace Charl Schwartzel    6/4    2/1    5/2
00:45    Ryan Moore Abraham Ancer Sanghyun Park    6/4    7/4    7/2
00:55    Chez Reavie Joel Dahmen James Hahn    6/4    37/19    11/5
01:05    Keith Mitchell J J Spaun Graeme McDowell    9/5    15/8    11/5
01:15    Kevin Na Adam Hadwin Brice Garnett    7/5    2/1    11/4
01:15    Marc Leishman Si Woo Kim Ernie Els    19/20    19/10    9/2
01:25    Paul Casey Jimmy Walker Andrew Putnam    11/10    5/2    11/4
01:25    Hideki Matsuyama Jason Day Adam Scott    13/8    13/8    13/5
01:35    Brandt Snedeker Jason Dufner Ryan Armour    6/4    9/4    5/2
01:35    Xander Schauffele Kevin Tway Austin Cook    16/11    21/10    9/4
01:45    Whee Kim Sung Kang Brian Stuard    8/5    15/8    12/5
01:45    J B Holmes Jamie Lovemark Shubhankar Sharma    13/8    2/1    21/10
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 17, 2018 11:50 PM BST
TWO names to watch for at Bridgestone Open in Japan...
Rikuya Hoshino 35/1
Hiroshi Iwata 50/1
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