Shubhankar Sharma leads India’s largest contingent at CIMB Classic

Paola Ditto
Октября 11, 2018

The big-hitting Kiradech, who became the first Thai to earn a PGA TOUR card following top-five finishes at two World Golf Championships events earlier this year, will be amongst the Asian contingent eager to register a victory at the US$7 event, which begins at TPC Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

This week has a significantly stronger field than last week's Safeway Open, which was won by Kevin Tway after a three-way playoff win over Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore.

Following a three-week break at home, Kiradech is sufficiently recharged and plans to challenge for the title against a stellar line-up which includes title holder Pat Perez, 2017 FedExCup Champion Justin Thomas, last week's season-opening event victor Kevin Tway and World Golf Hall of Famers Ernie Els and Davis Love III.

"It's like a dream come true".

"I feel like with where my game is and how I'm trending and progressing, that's certainly within my reach".

I guess the hard part will be having to leave home to compete on the PGA TOUR. "I could have made some more - I didn't putt as well as I did a year ago obviously". Coming back to Malaysia will be a good starting point, for sure.

Thomas is a two-time victor of this event, winning two years ago and three years ago.

With Park also in the elite field this week and a mere $54,278 separating the duo, Sharma knows he must put in a solid performance at the TPC Kuala Lumpur, a course where he has never played on before.

"You have to play well here every day or at least get a round like's what could end up winning me this golf tournament", Thomas said.

Voke has won back-to-back tournaments on the PGA Tour of China and in his first year as a pro, has already climbed 1600 places in the world. Winning the Order of Merit is something I want to achieve by December and playing well here goes a long way to achieve that.

It kicks off a swing of three big tournaments in Asia for the 21-year-old, along with next week's CJ Cup in South Korea and the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. But this stretch for me, no doubt, is very, very important. Only four players from the top 25 in the world will play in the CIMB Classic 2018, which means there are multiple value plays this week. If I just play well in these three events and have consistent finishes, I'll get off to a very good start and obviously help my world ranking. "I feel like this start will really help me securing my card [on the PGA Tour]".

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