Ry­der Cup he­roes com­mit to CIMB Clas­sic

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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.

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