World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama has joined the field for next week’s CIMB Classic, ensuring for the first time two of the top-five golfers from the Official World Golf Ranking headlining the US$7 million tournament.
With two-time defending champion and world No. 4 Justin Thomas having confirmed his title defence earlier, Matsuyama’s fifth straight appearance in the PGA Tour’s only tournament in Southeast Asia will ensure plenty of fireworks for golf fans to enjoy at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s West Course from October 12-15.
The 25-year-old Matsuyama has been one of the top performers on the global stage where he has won six times over the past 12 months, including two World Golf Championships tournaments, as well as posting two top-fives in the Majors at the US Open and PGA Championship this season. The Japanese star featured in his first CIMB Classic in 2013 on a sponsor’s invitation and has come close to winning where he finished T5 in 2015 and second last year behind Thomas.
Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, group chief executive, CIMB Group, said: “Since playing in our event as a sponsor’s exemption in 2013, Hideki’s career has been on a sharp rise with multiple victories achieved on the PGA TOUR and at home in Japan over the past year.
“Golf fans will be in for a world-class treat as Hideki has an impressive track record at TPC Kuala Lumpur which clearly suits his game. It’ll be fun to see if he can deny Justin Thomas a third successive victory at the CIMB Classic. Their presence is a huge boost as it will mean our tournament will feature two golf stars from the world’s top-5 for the first time since our inauguration in 2010.”
Next week’s CIMB Classic will include nine Major champions, 10 Presidents Cup team members, 15 players from the top-50 of the Official World Golf Ranking and 18 winners from the recent PGA TOUR’s 2016-17 season.
Advance tickets for the CIMB Classic are now on sale on www.ticketpro.com.my, Ticket Pro sales channels and selected MST Golf Stores in the Klang Valley.