KEY STAT

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65.88

Scor­ing av­er­age for Justin Thomas in the CIMB Clas­sic, the low­est in tour­na­ment his­tory (min­i­mum of eight rounds). Adam Scott has the sec­ond-low­est av­er­age at 67.25. Thomas shot 26-un­der­par 262 in win­ning in 2015 and 23-un­der 265 in win­ning in 2016. His low­est score is a course-record 61 in the sec­ond round in 2015; his high­est a third-round 71 in 2016.

KEY GROUPS

World No. 3 Hideki Mat­suyama, the high­est-ranked player in the field, be­gins his new sea­son off the first tee along­side Pat Perez and Bran­den Grace (9:50 p.m. ET Wed­nes­day). Thomas, reign­ing PGA Tour player of the year, be­gins his quest for a CIMB Clas­sic three-peat on the 10th tee play­ing with Xan­der Schauf­fele, the 2017 Tour Cham­pi­onship win­ner, and Gavin Kyle Green (9:40 p.m.). Also off the 10th tee is Jhonat­tan Ve­gas, Charl Schwartzel and Bren­dan Steele, who won the 2017-18 sea­son opener last week­end (9:50 p.m.)

FEDEXCUP

Just as he did last sea­son, Steele took the lead af­ter the PGA Tour’s first event by win­ning last week­end’s Safe­way Open for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive time. The Tour’s fifth wrap-around sea­son con­sists of 45 events be­fore the FedExCup Play­offs be­gins. The Tour Cham­pi­onship is the Play­off fi­nale to be held Sept. 20-23 at East Lake Golf Club in At­lanta. Thomas is the de­fend­ing FedExCup cham­pion.

1. Bren­dan Steele .............. 500

2. Tony Finau ...................... 300

3. Ches­son Hadley ............. 163

3. Phil Mick­el­son ................. 163

5. Gra­ham DeLaet ............. 105

5. Tyler Dun­can ................... 105

7. Bud Cauley ........................ 88

7. An­drew Landry ................. 88

9. Bran­don Harkins ............. 73

9. Grayson Mur­ray .............. 73

9. Nick Tay­lor ........................ 73

9. Ty­rone Van Aswe­gen ...... 73

CIMB CLAS­SIC

Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Course: TPC Kuala Lumpur (West) Yardage: 7,005. Par: 72. Purse: $7 mil­lion

Win­ner’s share: $1.26 mil­lion TV (ET): Wed­nes­day-Thurs­day, 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Golf Chan­nel); Fri­day-Saturday, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Golf Chan­nel)

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