Justin Thomas began his bid for a third CIMB Classic title with a six-under-par 66 to lie three shots behind compatriot Burgoon. Ranked 99th on the FedEx Cup last season, he presumed he'd get an entry in the field, but discovered last Friday that he was the first alternate after entries officially closed. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway".
"I played this course many times with Gavin before the renovations and after today's practice round I feel there's isn't much difference; just a few changes here and there". Bhullar, the Fiji International champion, has been in good form and he chose to take a week's break before the CIMB Classic.
Sharma, making his debut at CIMB, leads the Asian Tour's Habitat for Humanity Standings as he prepares for his debut at the $7 million CIMB Classic on Thursday.
"I was still the first reserve on Sunday and I had a 00.30 Cathay flight on Monday to fly to Kuala Lumpur and also a 23.30 red-eye to Florida from San Francisco because if I wasn't getting in, I was just going to go back to Florida". "We've got a great sponsor in CIMB and unbelievable tournament host, Todd Rhinehart (PGA TOUR Vice President and Executive Director), so I'm not surprised".
"This is always going to be a special place to me". I think guys are excited to come over here.
"When I was a kid, my goal was to be a part of the PGA Tour". That's good. I've been working with the same coach and same swing thought.
Snedeker led for two rounds in California before a back-nine collapse on the final day saw him fritter away a four-shot lead and his chance for a 10th PGA Tour win. "This is for the first time four of us are playing here", he said.
The CIMB Classic will celebrate its ninth edition this year, and is the second tournament of the new 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season.
The 29-year-old became the first Thai to earn a PGA Tour card thanks largely to his tied fifth finishes at two World Golf Championships events - the Mexico Championship and Dell Technologies Match Play earlier this year. Defending champion Pat Perez has won twice on Paspalum in two years after victories here in 2017 and in the 2016 OHL Classic in Mexico.