It's a different continent for the PGA Tour as the American stars fly to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic. The format is the same however, and Dan Geraghty has selected four first round three-balls in which to have a wager in...
Siddikur Rahman's price stands out in his three-ball with Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson. The Americans have had a long flight to Malaysia and may take a while to get going in the heat and humidity. Their length is not a great advantage either, on a course that counts Matteo Manassero and Charlie Wi among its previous victors. Siddikur warmed up for the event with a top 10 finish in the Venetian Macau Open last week, finishing just four shots shy of Ernie Els.
Since turning pro it has been a relentless march to the World's top 30 for Japanese senstation Hideki Matsuyama. Perhaps having to withdraw from last week's Shriner's field due to illness will turn out to be a blessing in disguise; a week off before a long haul flight to Asia is just what the doctor ordered and an event in Asia looks a perfect opportunity for Matsuyama to get his PGA Tour career off the mark. Previous CIMB Classic Champion Bo Van Pelt is a danger to Matsuyama in his day one three-ball but Bo's victory came on a different course; Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country club is a very different proposition that may not suit the big-hitting American. Fresh from his top 10 last week in the Venetian Macau Open, Seuk Hyun Baek completes the trio.
Ryan Moore was in fine form last week at the Shriner's, registering a second round 63 on his way to a top 10 finish. One of his playing partner's this week, Patrick Reed withdrew halfway through his second round with a wrist injury that was presumably responsible for an ugly Shriner's scorecard that included a snowman. John Merrick completes the three-ball, he finished 65th last week on his first start of the new season.
KJ Choi has proven course form at Kuala Lumpur G&CC, finishing second to Seung Yol Noh in 2010; Choi was very unlucky not to win that tournament, succumbing to a fantastic up and down at the last from Noh. It was slim pickings for Choi last season on the PGA Tour but the Korean only missed four cuts and will fancy his chances of starting the new season with a bang on a familiar course in Asia. Playing partners are big hitting Kyle Stanley, who missed the cut last week and may struggle on a tight course, and Russell Henley who also missed last weeks cut but looks a live danger here.
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