Bronson Burgoon has 1st-round lead at CIMB Classic

Bronson Burgoon of the United States of America adjusts his cap at the 9th hole during round one of the CIMB Classic golf tournament at Tournament Players Club in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Thursday Oct. 11

Three players have won the event since it came onto the PGA Tour. The others are the in-form Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri - who has been here before and was T-3 in 2015 - and Rahil Gangjee, who did play on the Web.com Tour in the USA, but it is in Asia that he is making his PGA Tour debut. All three are in the field this week.

This proprietary computer model was also all over Moore's strong performance at the Safeway Open last week.

Q: What do you remember most from last year's win at the CIMB Classic and how special was it?

While Kiradech has his PGA Tour card in hand for the 2018-19 season, India's Shubhankar Sharma, who is in the CIMB Classic field as one of the top-10 players from the Asian Tour, is eager to get his way to the world's premier circuit.

The Indian star has led on the Habitat for Humanity Standings since winning in Malaysia in February but he has Sanghyun Park of Korea, who has won twice on the Asian Tour, breathing down his neck. Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the full CIMB Classic projected leaderboard from the model that nailed the winners of four golf majors and was all over Ryan Moore's run last week.

If I had not received the invitation from Malaysia, who knows, I may not have played in Mayakoba. Thomas shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday in the first round as he goes for his third title there in the last four years.

I'm looking forward to defending my title and seeing my fans there again.

Perez: I think it's just been okay. "I feel like this start will really help me next year securing my card (on the PGA TOUR)". That will be the number one goal for now.

"If I just play well in these three events, have consistent finishes, I feel like I'll get off to a very good start and obviously help my world ranking". This is not a course or a tournament where you're going to find much success playing any stretch of nine holes in 1 over. "I have plans for the next couple of weeks where I'm not playing any golf, so it would have ended up like a month of no golf".

"We have a really good chance here and if I play well, in golf, anything is possible. I think it's just about getting in one good round and when that happens I think I'll get confidence back and I'll be back at it again".

The PGA Tour shifts east-really, really far east-this week for the first tournament of a three-event Asian swing: the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. He will look to improve on his tied third place finish in the showpiece in 2013.

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