Smith leads Classic
Justin Thomas was slightly off his game in the first round of the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday, managing only a 2-under 70 to sit six strokes behind leader Cameron Smith of Australia. Smith opened with a blemish-free 8-under 64 and leads a U.S. PGA Tour event after the first round for the first time in 64 starts. Keegan Bradley, Xander Schauffele and Poom Saksansin of Thailand were tied for second at 7 under. Brendan Steele, coming off a victory last week at the Safeway Open, had an opening 67 to be three shots off the lead. The American trio of Kevin Na, Gary Woodland and Pat Perez were also in contention in the Asian Tour event after carding 66s. Hideki Matsuyama, the 2016 runner-up, faltered with two bogeys to sit with Thomas in a tie for 23rd place.