October 25 – 27, 2013
Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Par: 72 / Yardage: 6,951
Purse: $7 Million
with $1,260,000 to the winner
This week’s field includes:
The field includes 18 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Rankings, with the highest rank player being #3 Phil Mickelson. The other top 50 players are #15 Keegan Bradley, #19 Sergio Garcia, #24, Ernie Els, #26 Bubba Watson, #27 Nick Watney, #28 Bill Haas, #29 Hideki Matsuyama, #32 Rickie Fowler, #33 Graham Delaet, #34 David Lynn, #35 Billy Horschel, #36 Jonas Blixt, #37 Kevin Streelman, #43 Jimmy Walker, #44 Bo Van Pelt, #45 Ryan Moore and #50 Boo Weekley.
The field includes 10 of the Top 25 on last year’s final FedEx point standings for 2013. Those players include #8 Graham DeLaet, #9 Phil Mickelson, #15 Nick Watney, #16 Billy Horschel, #18 Keegan Bradley, #21 Roberto Castro, #22 Sergio Garcia, #23 Gary Woodland, #24 Bill Haas and #25 Kevin Streelman.
The field includes 10 players in the top 25 on last year’s PGA Tour money list, #4 Phil Mickelson, #11 Keegan Bradley, #12 Jason Day, #13 Billy Horschel, #14 Bill Haas, #17 Kevin Streelman, #21 Graham DeLaet, #22 Boo Weekley, #23 D.A. Points and #24 Nick Watney.
The field includes 2 of the 3 past champions: Nick Watney (2012) and Bo Van Pelt (2011).
Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:
Who’s Hot in the field for the CIMB Classic
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Who to watch for at the CIMB Classic
Sergio Garcia – Playing in this event for the first time.
Thoughts: Has not played since the Tour Championship, he always does well this time of year, look for him to be in contention.
Keegan Bradley – Playing in this event for the first time.
Thoughts: Did win the PGA Championship in Atlanta in hot sticky weather, that really comes out as a big advantage in my book.
Bo Van Pelt – Won the event in 2011, finished T2nd last year.
Thoughts: Seems to know what it takes to play well in Malaysia, also played good in Australia last week.
Best of the rest:
Ernie Els – Finished T5th in 2010.
Thoughts: Has played all over the world and won in hot, sticky conditions. Watch him play well this week.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat – Finished T21st in 2010, finished T20th in 2011.
Thoughts: Could pull off a rare double, won the Maybank Malaysian Open here last March, also finished T3rd at Kuala Lumpur in 2010.
Phil Mickelson – Playing in this event for the first time.
Thoughts: His type of course, I just wonder if he could put up with the weather, a boy from San Diego could wilt away in Malaysia.
Hideki Matsuyama – Playing in this event for the first time.
Thoughts: Got sick and didn’t play in Las Vegas, had some time off to get back together, I can see him playing well this week.
Bill Haas – Finished T26th in 2010, finished T16th last year.
Thoughts: Course should suit him, should watch him this week.
Rickie Fowler – Finished T5th in 2010.
Thoughts: Has had a good rest and ready to go.
Bubba Watson – Playing in this event for the first time.
Thoughts: Good course for him, he can handle the weather, think he is ready to get back into the winners circle.
K.J. Choi – Finished T18th in 2010.
Thoughts: Looking to get back on track, did finish 2nd back in 2010 at Kuala Lumpur.
Long shots that could come through:
David Lynn – Playing in this event for the first time.
Thoughts: Won two weeks ago in Portugal, look for another good week out of him.
Jeev Milkha Singh – Finished T10th in 2011.
Thoughts: Has played Kuala Lumpur a lot, he could be a big surprise.
Thaworn Wiratchant – Finished T33rd in 2010, finished T16th last year.
Thoughts: Won three weeks ago on the Asian Tour, has played a lot at Kuala Lumpur and knows the course real well.
Again anyone that played in Las Vegas over the weekend I wouldn’t touch at all.