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Two-time CIMB Classic runner-up Gary Woodland has another chance to challenge big for the title at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia after thrashing a bogey-free 11-under-par 31-30=61 in round two to tie the course record, reach 14-under 130 and move into a share of the halfway lead with Marc Leishman.

It's a shot back to Paul Casey and Shubhankar Sharma. Woodland lost a play-off here to Ryan Moore in 2013 and also finished second to his American compatriot 12 months later. He started with 68 in Thursday's opener but roared 25 spots up the board to joint-top spot with today's lap which matched the 61 shot by Justin Thomas in 2015. Woodland set the tone with an opening birdie at 10 and added four more at 14, 16, 17 and 18. Another gain at 1 made it four on the spin and there was no let-up as he poured in further circles at 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 to secure a share with Leishman who fired a 62. The World No. 38 put on a stripe show today, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and hitting 17 greens. The course many have been revamped ahead of this year's edition with the introduction of Bermuda grass but Woodland is carrying on as if nothing has changed. He's 1-for-4 with 36-hole leads on the PGA TOUR. The last time he had one, this summer's PGA Championship, Woodland ended T6.
Oct 12 - 4:15 AM

World No. 22 Hideki Matsuyama ended his 2017-18 season on a high note and now he turns his attention to THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, the first start for him this season.

Matsuyama was set to peg it at TPC Kuala Lumpur last week but he backed out early in the week, citing an injury (undisclosed). We should get some more clarity on the severity when he reports for his pre-tournament presser that takes place on Wednesday afternoon (local time). Matsuyama is coming off a mediocre season by his standards as he battled with a wrist injury. The Japanese superstar found his form at the end of the year with five straight top 15s. Gamers should assume he's ready to rock this week unless we hear otherwise on Wednesday.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 15 - 8:30 PM

Justin Thomas won the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES and he returns to Jeju Island, South Korea, for a chance to defend his title.

JT led by three strokes after an opening 9-under 63 last year. The winds picked up over the final three rounds and Thomas actually won the event with that same score (9-under 279). He beat out Marc Leishman in a playoff to secure his trophy. Thomas had 10 bogeys and two doubles but he erased that with 19 birdies and a pair of eagles. Both of those eagles came in the opening round. The Alabama product has nine career wins with five of them coming in no-cut events. Thomas remains an elite option in all fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 15 - 8:23 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Andrew Landry has withdrawn from this week's CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES. First alternate Branden Grace will take his place in the field.

This is the second week in a row that he's backed out of the event before it starts. Given the travel distance, it's easy to see why he'd back out if he were less than 100 percent. There is no specific injury released here but he did tweet this after the Safeway Open, "One of my favorites all year. Looking forward to going home and getting healthy and spending some much needed time with the family." Landry became a father in March so he'll definitely enjoy his extended time at home with the little one. Golfers were able to commit to these events as early as July so this seems to be a case of him changing plans after his commitment was already turned in (likely a month or two ago). The vagueness of his tweet would have you believe this is not a long-term concern and gamers should invest as usual, upon his return.
Oct 15 - 9:28 AM

Jordan Spieth has committed to play in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open which takes place on November 1st thru 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Spieth made headlines last month when he failed to reach East Lake and therefore failed to meet the 25 starts needed to fulfill the requirement for membership under the new-event policy that went into place a few years ago. There won't be any official ruling released but this certainly could have been one of the compromises made by Spieth to avoid a hefty fine or suspension. This will be the first time that Spieth tees it in the fall event that takes place in the continental United States. A star-studded field is taking shape with four of his Ryder Cup teammates also set to play TPC Summerlin in a few weeks (Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, and Webb Simpson). The position-based layout should be a great for fit Spieth.
Oct 14 - 9:52 PM

Alexander Bjork gave it a great shot in the final round of the British Masters in England but eventually came up two shots shy of winner Eddie Pepperell after authoring a closing 1-under-par 34-37=71 to finish at 7-under 281.

Playing alongside the winner, the Swede carefully picked off birdies at 2, 5 and 11 but had to witness a Pepperell hole-out for eagle at 10. A bogey at 13 along with an unlikely Pepperell par save at 14 put the gap back to three (where it started today) but the Englishman blinked with dropped shots at 15 and 16. One behind with two to play, Bjork attacked the back flag at 17 but missed his birdie try and a loose drive at the last led to bogey as Pepperell held firm with two pars. This was a fine effort by the World No. 89 and a return to the form which had vanished in recent weeks. Bjork, ranked 22nd on the Race to Dubai ahead of this week, is one to watch in the closing months of the season.
Oct 14 - 1:38 PM

Local hero Eddie Pepperell became the first wire-to-wire winner on the European Tour this season after shooting even-par 36-36=72 in the final round of the British Masters in England, his winning score of 9-under 279 at Walton Heath securing a two-shot victory over Alexander Bjork and giving him a second trophy of the season.

Lucas Herbert and Jordan Smith finished tied third, four shots behind the winner. Pepperell had some crisis moments on the way to victory but this always felt like his week. A three-putt at nine was his first wobble but he responded by draining his approach to the par-4 10th (watch here) for his fourth eagle of the week. Later, he failed to reach the putting surface at the par-4 14th in three but holed a long putt from off the green for an unlikely par save. The World No. 50 almost opened the door with bogeys at 15 and 16 to see his lead cut to one but an up-and-down from sand at 18 against a Bjork bogey confirmed him as champion. Having entered 2018 without a win at this level, Pepperell now has two following his earlier success at the Qatar Masters. "It was such a tough day, an absolute grind," he said, referring to the cold and rainy conditions.
Oct 14 - 1:28 PM

Making his tournament debut, first-round leader and World No. 162 Bronson Burgoon fashioned a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the CIMB Classic to reach 21-under 267, up two spots into a three-way T2, five short of overnight tri-leader and champion Marc Leishman, who shot 65.

The Texas A&M product, whose 18-hole lead was his first lead/co-lead after any round, was the top debutant (of 24) and recorded rounds of 63-69-67-68. This was his 55th career event and matches his best of T2 at the 2018 John Deere seven starts ago. Overall, it was the 31-year-old's third career top 10, two of those runners-up. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, camouflaging a lone bogey with five birdies. The Texas native and resident posted 1.800 putts per GIR with 30 total putts. For the week, he tallied one eagle and 23 birdies against four bogeys. Burgoon is not in the published field at this coming week's limited-field CJ CUP in Korea.
Oct 14 - 7:48 AM

Two-time past champ and World No. 4 Justin Thomas hung up an 8-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of the CIMB Classic to wrap on 20-under 268, up 14 places to T5 and tied the low round of the day with Kyle Stanley.

The 25-year-old was the top-ranked OWGRer in the field and a pre-tourney 9/2 fave outright. He posted rounds of 66-69-69-64, ending six strokes shy of champion Marc Leishman, who matched his tournament record (to par) of 26-under. The back-to-back winner in 2016 and 2017 notches his third top 5 at TPC Kuala Lumpur in four tries and heads off to Korea for THE CJ CUP, where he won last year's inaugural in a playoff over Leishman as a first-round leader and 54-hole co-leader. The Alabama product found 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, smothering a lone bogey with an eagle-3 and seven birdies, including a trip-birdie finish. He registered 1.571 putts per GIR with 26 total putts. For the week, the Kentucky native tallied one eagle and 23 birdies versus five bogeys.
Oct 14 - 7:30 AM

Playing out of the final threesome, second- and third-round co-leader and World No. 38 Gary Woodland sleepwalked to a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in the final round of the CIMB Classic, falling four spots to T5 on 20-under 268, six adrift of playing competitor and champion Marc Leishman, who fired a 65.

The 34-year-old drops to 2-for-7 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes, zero for his last five. It's his third top 10 (and top 5) at the CIMB in six visits, first since T2 four tries ago. The Delray Beach, Florida, resident matched the course and tournament record with a career-low 61/R2, but was unable to close the deal, playing his final eight holes in 2-over, lowlighted by three bogeys at 12, 14 and 15. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, recording a pedestrian 1.909 putts per GIR, needing 31 total putts. For the week, the Kansas alum tallied 24 birdies against four bogeys. He was blemish-free 19-under thru 49 holes, but just 1-under for his final 23 holes. This is Woodland's first top 5 since P1 at the 2018 WM Phoenix Open back in February (21 starts ago).
Oct 14 - 7:05 AM

Making his tournament debut, overnight tri-leader and World No. 116 Shubhankar Sharma conjured an even-par 34-38=72 in the final round of the CIMB Classic, cratering nine places to T10 on 19-under 269, a distant seven in arrears of playing competitor and champion Marc Leishman, who shot 65.

The Indian drops to 0-for-2 as a 54-hole leader/co-leader. In his PGA TOUR debut, he led the 2018 WGC-Mexico by two shots and dropped to T9 with a closing 3-over 74. This was the 22-year-old's 12th TOUR start, second top 10, and is in the published field for this coming week's CJ CUP in Korea, where he'll make his tourney debut. On eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, he traded five birdies with five bogeys, playing his last eight holes in birdie-less 3-over, and posted 1.545 putts per GIR with 27 total putts. For the week, Sharma was T1 in total birdies with 28 though T45 in bogeys with nine.
Oct 14 - 6:41 AM

Chesson Hadley smoothed a 6-under-par 34-32=66 for the second straight day to finish at 21-under 267 in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, good enough for a three-way tie for second place.

That was five swings behind winner Marc Leishman. The World No. 75 poured in 16 birdies on the weekend, racking up eight again today. The first four came at 3, 4, 6 and 7 before he swallowed double bogey-6 at 9. He recovered quickly from that setback with birdie-4 at 10 and added further par breakers at 13, 15 and 16. Hadley had previously finished outside the top 60 in both his starts at TPC Kuala Lumpur (2014 and 2015) so this is a breakthrough and he's worth keeping in mind for future editions. On the way to his best PGA TOUR finish since the Sanderson Farms Championship 12 months ago, he finished third for the week in Driving Accuracy and T8 in both Scrambling and Putts per GIR.
Oct 14 - 5:31 AM




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