CIMB Classic 2018: Latest course and current form stats for this week's event in Malaysia

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TPC Kuala Lumpur is the venue for the first of three PGA Tour events to be staged in Asia during October. Check out our form stats compiled by Andy Swales...

"Billy Horschel appears to be in great shape right now, thanks to four podiums in his most recent eight starts."

The PGA Tour begins its traditional three-week autumn Asian Swing, with a trip to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic.

For a fifth straight year, the tournament is being staged at the stunning TPC Kuala Lumpur, which is located around five miles west of the city centre.

Since the pros were last here, the West course has undergone an upgrade, which took 10 months to complete ahead of its re-opening at the end of August.

According to Steven Thielke, CEO of TPC Kuala Lumpur, "The project focused on providing improved playing surfaces by changing the turf on the course."

The greens have been laid with TifEagle Bermuda grass, while Celebration Bermuda has been used on the fairways.

Previously, the greens were seeded with Sea Isle Supreme, with Seashore Paspalum covering the fairways.

The revamped surfaces will resemble those used at TPC Sawgrass and Thielke added: "The new fairways will have more run, and the new green surrounds can be mown short to provide run-off areas to allow for a variety of recovery shots to be played on a firmer playing surface."

The resort, which was formerly called Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, has also been the venue for numerous European Tour events.

Opened 27 years ago, TPC Kuala Lumpur is an undulating, lush parkland course with water hazards on 13 holes.

'Top Seed'

The star attraction this week is American Justin Thomas, a two-time winner of the tournament.

The world No 4 claimed back-to-back titles in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 and 2016, before finishing in a tie-for-17th when chasing a hat-trick of wins 12 months ago.

And fresh from Europe's victory at the Ryder Cup, the feel-good factor should still be flowing through the veins of Paul Casey.

The Englishman, who tied-seventh in Malaysia last year, has improved with each visit to the CIMB Classic - he's also won twice in co-sanctioned European Tour events in Asia.

American Challenge

With 60 of the 78 competitors qualifying via the PGA Tour, the American presence should be strong.

The 35-year-old Kevin Na, who was born in South Korea before moving to the United States at the age of eight, holds dual nationality and should feel at home this week.

His first professional victory came in Malaysia as long ago as 2002, when he won the Volvo Masters of Asia while still a teenager.

Recent PGA Tour winner Keegan Bradley was runner-up 12 months ago, while Aussie Cameron Smith enjoyed a brace of podium finishes during the end-of-season FedEx Cup Play-Offs.

He was also fifth at TPC Kuala Lumpur in 2017 and is currently ranked a career-high 32nd in the world.

Billy Horschel appears to be in great shape right now, thanks to four podiums in his most recent eight starts while fellow American Ryan Moore - a two-time winner in Malaysia - lost a play-off in California on Sunday.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello has posted successive T-10s at this course, where first reserve Anirban Lahiri is a former champion.

The Indian golfer, whose most recent two trips here have yielded top-10 finishes, won the Malaysian Open in 2015 when it was co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.

Asian Tour Stars

A number of in-form Asian Tour stars are in action this week. They include South African Justin Harding, Sang Hyun Park of South Korea, Zimbabwean Scott Vincent and American John Catlin.

Meanwhile, Yuta Ikeda is on a run of five straight top-10s from the Japan Tour

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

List Includes Tournament Reserves

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Key for Course Form Stats


EG: 2016 U (PGA Tour, 2016); 2014 E (European Tour, 2014)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29
Justin Thomas 7 12 24 8 6 1 MC
Xander Schauffele 7 3 49 MC 35 68 2
Paul Casey 11 Wd 21 60 MC 31 7 51
Marc Leishman 21 41 21 34 71 14 60
Kyle Stanley 15 45 12 28 MC 2 39
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 41 7 60 11 10 17 74
Keegan Bradley 26 1 49 34 42 4 79
Cameron Smith 20 65 3 3 56 23 78
Billy Horschel 2 3 Wd 3 11 35 MC 2
Louis Oosthuizen 32 58 31 28 24 28
Gary Woodland 11 12 24 48 6 17 22 67
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC 45 MC 31 75
Kevin Na 25 12 MC 15 19 31 51
Branden Grace 55 43 MC 27 63 MC
Byeong Hun An 8 29 31 40 56 57 2 51
Satoshi Kodaira 17 MC MC MC 59 63 35
Brandt Snedeker 2 67 31 1 42 8 MC
Pat Perez 55 Wd 40 35 63 MC 17
Si Woo Kim 41 35 76 MC MC 10 29 67
Kevin Chappell 35 MC 65 39 6
Emiliano Grillo 41 61 7 48 31 66 MC
Chez Reavie 33 38 MC 20 12 MC MC
Peter Uihlein MC 38 12 48 MC MC MC
Thomas Pieters 60 MC 34 9 6 28
Jason Dufner MC MC MC 66 MC 51
Ryan Moore 2 71 MC 6 59 12
Jimmy Walker 71 71 42 29 MC
Stewart Cink 62 MC 4 37 24
Chesson Hadley MC 61 MC 56 45 MC MC
Andrew Landry 66 35 58 76 50 57 MC
Beau Hossler MC 33 35 60 MC 75
Andrew Putnam 16 49 78 59 1 8
Charles Howell 24 58 MC 71 MC
Yuta Ikeda 8 1 4 6 7 65 51
Brendan Steele 53 64 MC MC MC MC 60 47
JB Holmes 9 49 MC MC 61
Jhonattan Vegas 53 MC 15 MC 59 53 29 MC
Justin Harding 10 4 2 65 36 MC 25 1 18
Ted Potter MC 35 66 40 71 48
CT Pan 38 4 60 2 11
Jason Kokrak 19 24 40 57 19 12 MC
Ryan Palmer 65 MC 5 26 22
Austin Cook 29 62 60 50 53 28
Ryan Armour 51 35 78 8 MC MC MC
Brian Gay 45 62 70 6 79 6
Whee Kim 33 75 48 MC MC 2 66
Shubhankar Sharma MC 42 MC MC MC 69 51
Anirban Lahiri MC MC 71 MC 6 MC
James Hahn MC* 35 MC MC 50 MC
Sang Hyun Park (jr) 30 9 4 1 42 MC 4 MC
Nick Watney MC 62 11 MC 71 29
Abraham Ancer 51 7 MC 24 5 MC
Jamie Lovemark MC 76 34 24 MC 50
Ollie Schniederjans MC MC MC 57 59 5 MC
Danny Lee 10 49 34 24 6 21
Brice Garnett 35 12 MC 20 50
Gaganjeet Bhullar 26 26 8 MC 7 1 10
Scott Vincent 7 13 2 56 18 MC 2 60
Keith Mitchell 45 20 MC 41 65
Kevin Tway 1 43 56 11 23 17
Sean O`Hair MC 28 MC 71
JJ Spaun 41 45 66 60 35 3 MC
Jazz Janewattananond 48 9 31 31 20 MC 6 25 MC MC
John Catlin 1 17 9 8 49 10
Kelly Kraft MC MC MC MC 50 MC
Patrick Rodgers 25 24 37 MC
Scott Stallings 49 28 MC 22 45
Bronson Burgoon 53 58 11 MC MC MC
Rory Sabbatini MC 57 12
Harold Varner 14 40 53 17
Troy Merritt 4 MC MC MC 50 1
Joel Dahmen 46 MC MC 54 8 15
Sam Ryder 4 28 45 78 7
Richy Werenski 33 MC 53 MC 2
Trey Mullinax MC 56 36 MC
Tom Hoge 17 66 MC 20 35 MC
Michael Kim 73 MC MC MC 35
Scott Piercy MC 45 Dq 48 45 MC
Brandon Harkins 74 60 MC 9 MC
Brian Stuard 53 31 25 MC MC 37 21
Alex Cejka 56 MC 30 65
Berry Henson 57 2 47 MC
Minchel Choi 62 26 MC MC 26 45 MC MC
Rahil Gangjee MC 28 48 59 MC MC
Jon Curran MC
Ernie Els 48 MC 3 MC
Davis Love MC MC 44
Sihwan Kim 2 MC MC 22
Ben Leong 6 MC 13 31 22
Kim Leun-Kwang
Player 2017 U 2016 U 2015 U 2015 E 2014 U 2014 E 2013 U 2013 E 2012 E 2011 E
Justin Thomas 17 1 1
Xander Schauffele 3
Paul Casey 7 21 24 37
Marc Leishman 5 29 39 44
Kyle Stanley 21 33 19
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 10 10 MC MC 22 3 4
Keegan Bradley 2 6 47 10
Cameron Smith 5 37 5
Billy Horschel 37 11
Louis Oosthuizen 2 1 72
Gary Woodland 28 56 56 2 2
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC Wd 3 1 Ret MC
Kevin Na 44 29 3 2
Branden Grace 32 33 17 40
Byeong Hun An 39
Satoshi Kodaira
Brandt Snedeker
Pat Perez 1 33 63 33
Si Woo Kim 77 10
Kevin Chappell 45 29 13 25
Emiliano Grillo 54 17 36 MC MC
Chez Reavie 17 60
Peter Uihlein 10 16 MC
Thomas Pieters 44 16 8
Jason Dufner 74 35 26
Ryan Moore 17 10 1 1
Jimmy Walker 6
Stewart Cink 13 17 56 11
Chesson Hadley 68 65
Andrew Landry
Beau Hossler
Andrew Putnam
Charles Howell 51 39 10 7
Yuta Ikeda
Brendan Steele 13 26 3 25
JB Holmes 49
Jhonattan Vegas 39 45 26
Justin Harding
Ted Potter
CT Pan 17
Jason Kokrak
Ryan Palmer 53
Austin Cook
Ryan Armour
Brian Gay 47
Whee Kim 39
Shubhankar Sharma
Anirban Lahiri 10 3 21 1 52 10 35 MC MC 52
James Hahn 28 9 6 56
Sang Hyun Park (jr)
Nick Watney 43 35
Abraham Ancer
Jamie Lovemark 32 39
Ollie Schniederjans 23
Danny Lee 7 51 Wd 13 Dq
Brice Garnett 56
Gaganjeet Bhullar 56 MC MC 33 MC MC MC
Scott Vincent
Keith Mitchell
Kevin Tway 32
Sean O`Hair
JJ Spaun
Jazz Janewattananond 39 47 65
John Catlin
Kelly Kraft 48
Patrick Rodgers 23 21
Scott Stallings 39 19 47
Bronson Burgoon
Rory Sabbatini 53 8 53
Harold Varner 23 39
Troy Merritt 21 56
Joel Dahmen
Sam Ryder
Richy Werenski 63
Trey Mullinax
Tom Hoge
Michael Kim 28
Scott Piercy 63 10 7
Brandon Harkins
Brian Stuard 66 13
Alex Cejka 29 17
Berry Henson MC MC 47 33 33
Minchel Choi
Rahil Gangjee MC 45
Jon Curran 56 53
Ernie Els 72 64 47
Davis Love 28 8
Sihwan Kim
Ben Leong 64 MC MC MC MC
Kim Leun-Kwang
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