Golf Starz recap and look forward on the CIMB Classic this week:
Well week 2 of the PGA Tour season is upon us but let’s quickly reflect on last week. For the first tournament of the year we had a lot going on. Chesson Hadley was on 59 watch, Phil couldn’t hit a fairway, and we had a tight leader board. Congratulations to our boy Brendan Steele (Wilson guy) on being a repeat winner at the Safeway Open. And congratulations to me on picking him too! I don’t care what anyone says… doing anything in golf back to back is remarkable.
Also, more than a dozen wildfires ripped through California’s wine country on early Monday morning immediately after the Safeway Open. The entire county was lit up destroying homes, vineyards and local businesses. If you would like to aid the relief efforts then check out this Go Fund Me page.
OK, now on to the CIMB Classic this week. The tour guys had to travel to TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia which has been the site of this tournament since 2013. The West course is over 7,000 yards long and located 5 miles from the bustling city of Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Although the course is a great venue for this early yet crucial stage of the PGA Tour, the players are forced to use one of the holes of the East Course as a range. And the East course is where the LPGA Tour will be teeing it up in 2 weeks (check back for our breakdown of that LPGA event). Regardless the course is great condition for these guys. You can see a good layout of the West course here.
Speaking of repeats, Justin Thomas has won the CIMB Classic the last 2 years and is going for 3/3 this week. In fact, he owns the course record – he shot an unconscious 61 in the 2015 second round. But the field is full this year with guys like Jason Dufner, Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Na and Pat Perez fighting for the $7 million purse. You can see the full field here and get a look at the tee sheet here. The winner this week receives:
- Winner: $1,260,000
- Fedex Cup: Winner receives 500 points.
- Winner earns a trip to the Masters
You know the drill… Our picks are below. Comment who you think is going to take home the trophy.
- Favorite: Justin Thomas
- Long shot: Kevin Na
- Favorite: Xander Schauffele (continuing my luck with him from last season)
- Long shot: James Hahn
Oh and if you will be in attendance for this event just know that we are jealous. Please send us videos and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or as always slide in to the DM’s.