The PGA Tour kicks off its Asian Swing with the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Headlining the 78 player field is 2-time defending champion Justin Thomas and world number 3 Hideki Matsuyama. Ten of the spots in the small field are reserved for the top players on the Asian Tour.
Anirban Lahiri entered Sunday with a four shot lead but was tracked down by Justin Thomas who shot 64. Thomas earned his first career PGA Tour title the year prior and the title defense was the first of five wins in the 2016-2017 season.
The pros tee it up at TPC Kuala Lumpur's West Course a 7,000 yard par 72 that's susceptible to low scores. Like many courses in Southeast Asia, TPC Kuala Lumpur is heavy on water hazards and favors the bomber.
Justin Thomas will look to become the first PGA Tour player to win an event three years in a row since Steve Stricker won the John Deere from 2009-2011. A win would also likely vault Thomas ahead of Hideki Matsuyama in the world rankings and into a career high 3rd.
Many of the Tour's lesser known veterans will tee it up this week in Kuala Lumpur. The no cut event presents a wonderful opportunity to earn free FedEx Cup points and get a jump on the younger players on Tour.
With a small field and no-cut, Paulie is focused in on a birdie machines and sleepers this week. Check out his picks here.
Rolex Series is back
The European Tour heads to Italy for the fifth of eight Rolex Series events, The Italian Open. Its $7 million purse attracts a strong field which includes Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren. Francesco Molinari will be back to defend his 2016 title that he won in thrilling fashion over Danny Willett. Francesco's brother Edoardo Molinari starred in a European Tour video in which he attempted to get a hole in one with 500 shots...he was unsuccessful.
The U.S. Mid Amateur is down to the final 32 after Tuesday's round of 64. Some big names were knocked out in round one included pre-tournament favorites, Stewart Hagestad and Scott Harvey. A few of the remaining names of note include 2014 runner-up Brad Nurski, former PGA Tour player Michael Muehr, Crump Cup runner-up Bill Williamson and 29-time USGA Championship competitor Gene Elliott. Follow along with the round of 32 and 16 matches here.
The Latin American Tour kicks off their fall season in Rio at the Olympic Course.
I walked all 18 holes of the new David McLay Kidd course at Sand Valley, Mammoth Dunes. Here are a couple photos, full review to come soon.