Here’s a look back at some of the on- and off-course highlights of the ninth CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Aussie Aussie Aussie!
2018 CIMB Classic champion Marc Leishman’s winning total of 26-under-par 262 matched the 72-hole tournament record since the move to TPC Kuala Lumpur in 2013, set by Justin Thomas when he claimed his maiden PGA Tour victory in the 2015 edition. Leishman won by five shots from Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Americans Bronson Burgoon and Chesson Hadley.
Joint runner-up Gary Woodland tied the tournament low round with a flawless 11-under-par 61 on day two. Woodland nailed 11 birdies against no bogeys to match fellow American and two-time winner Justin Thomas’ second round in 2015. Thomas went on to win the tournament but Woodland did not manage to close the deal this year.
Aces Go Places
New Zealand’s Danny Lee scored the first hole-in-one of the 2018-19 PGA Tour season in the first round, using a nine-iron from 145 yards at the fourth hole. The ace was the third of Lee’s career with his two previous hole-in-ones coming at the 2012 CareerBuilder Challenge and 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson.
Thumbs Up For Thomas!
Junior golfer Eidan Jamzidi will never forget the 2018 CIMB Classic … or Justin Thomas! The American star surprised the young fan during a practice round, asking Eidan if he wanted to join him for a few hits. The duo played the par-three 15th hole together with a small bet … the winner gets an autographed ball from the loser. Although Thomas won with a par to Eidan’s bogey, they wound up trading autographed balls.
Four-time Major winner Ernie Els paid a visit to the Endless Experiences at Desaru Coast engagement area following his third round, posing for photos with fans and also engaging with them in a Meet & Greet session for special guests. Located along the northeast coast of Johor, Desaru Coast is Malaysia’s premier integrated holiday destination.