Ace golfer Shubhankar Sharma keen to win the CIMB Classic

Lynette Rowe
October 11, 2018

The big-hitting Kiradech, who became the first Thai to earn a PGA TOUR card following top-five finishes at two World Golf Championships events earlier this year, will be amongst the Asian contingent eager to register a victory at the US$7 event, which begins at TPC Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

"It's like a dream come true".

I guess the hard part will be having to leave home to compete on the PGA TOUR.

Perez: As golfers, sometimes you just like a golf course the minute you set eyes on it. TPC KL is one of those golf courses where I feel comfortable standing on the tee boxes and seeing what's in front of me.

The PGA Tour kicks off its three-stop Asian swing this week with the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I haven't been here for two, three years, I think.

The 2019 PGA Tour makes its way overseas this week for the CIMB Classic.

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If I had not received the invitation from Malaysia, who knows, I may not have played in Mayakoba.

"It is such a pleasure to be back in Malaysia again". The course suits my style of play and I just played beautifully. Winning the Order of Merit is something I want to achieve by December and playing well here goes a long way to achieve that.

Perez picked up more than half - 56 percent - of his FedEx Cup points from the three tournaments in Asia a year ago which also included stops in South Korea and Shanghai. "You have some of the best players in the world playing", said Sharma, who failed to secure his PGA Tour card last season. He finished tied for 53rd at the Safeway Open last week.

Here you can find everything you need to stay up to date with the world's foremost golf tour. Even next week in Korea and China, all these events are going to be really big.

Q: How do you assess your 2018-18 PGA TOUR season? "I wasn't ready to win, I wasn't able to win".

Other stars competing in the event include 2014 FedExCup Champion Billy Horschel, Europe's Ryder Cup star Paul Casey, double CIMB Classic victor Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker, who together with Moore finished runner-up at the Safeway Open after losing to Tway in a playoff on Sunday. Only 78 players make up the tournament field this week, including a few of the top Asian Tour players. In 2017, Pat Perez shot 24-under 264 to win by four shots over Keegan Bradley and finish seven shots ahead of Sung Kang and the reigning Rookie of the Year, Xander Schauffele.

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