Ryder Cup heroes commit to CIMB Classic
WORLD Golf Hall of Fame members Vijay Singh (pix), who owns 34 career wins including three majors, and Ernie Els, who has 19 wins including four majors, are among the big names confirmed for the CIMB Classic, at TPC Kuala Lumpur from October 20-23.
Sixty-seven players have committed so far with a combined 156 PGA TOUR victories.
Joining those two legends of the game is Australian superstar Adam Scott, who has 13 PGA Tour victories and one major himself, and is coming off of a runner-up finish at last year’s CIMB Classic.
Twenty-one of those players who have committed to the CIMB Classic won on the PGA tour during the 2015-16 season.
They include defending champion Justin Thomas. Joining him is two-time CIMB Classic champion Ryan Moore, who won his fifth PGA tour title at the John Deere Classic in August.
Moore, who won the CIMB Classic in 2013 and 2014, lost to Rory McIlroy in a playoff at the season-ending Tour Championship last week, ultimately finishing seventh in the FedExCup.
American Kevin Chappell was also in a three-man playoff at the Tour Championship and is committed to play next month at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
“Each year, the CIMB Classic plays host to a stellar cast of some of the world’s best in golf, from the latest top-ranked players to champions past and present,” said Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, CIMB Group Chief Executive, Group.
“This year’s listing features nine of the top-13 of the final FedExCup rankings, one of the best line-ups in our tournament history. We are extremely excited and fans can definitely look forward to a great show in three weeks’ time.”
The top finishers in the FedExCup committed to the CIMB Classic are Patrick Reed (3), Adam Scott (4), Paul Casey (5), Ryan Moore (7), Russell Knox (10), Emiliano Grillo (11), Justin Thomas (12), Hideki Matsuyama (13), Si Woo Kim (17), Gary Woodland (20), Kevin Kisner (23), Daniel Berger (26), Sean O’Hair (27), Kevin Na (28) and Jhonattan Vegas (29).
American Patrick Reed had a remarkable season, recording 11 top 10s in 28 starts, including a win at The Barclays at Bethpage Black on Long Island, New York.
Reed is one of four players in the field who competed at last week’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club, joining US Team member Ryan Moore and European Team members Sergio Garcia and Rafa CabreraBello.
Reed beat Rory McIlroy 1-up in their singles match on Sunday, improving his record to 6-1-2 and setting the pace for a dominating US team in the final round.
Captain’s Pick and debutant Moore defeated Lee Westwood, sealing victory and regaining the Ryder Cup for team US, who eventually finished 17-11.
Russell Knox of Scotland will be playing in his second CIMB Classic and joins Scott as the only multiple winners on the PGA Tour in 2015-16 in the field.
Knox won The World Golf ChampionshipsHSBC Champions the week after last year’s CIMB Classic and added the Travelers Championship in August.
Eleven more players will be added to the field between now and the tournament, 10 given to the top players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit as of October 17 and one to the Malaysian with the highest Official World Golf Ranking as of October 11.