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PGA Tour in Malaysia for CIMB Classic
The PGA Tour heads across the Pacific to Malaysia for this week’s CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club where Ryan Moore is chasing a three-peat of victories in the event.Moore defeated Gary Woodland in a playoff in 2013 and last year won by three over Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na and Gary Woodland again.Both Moore’s victories came at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club after the event had been played at the Mines Resort in its three previous years.Moore finished 10th two weeks ago in Napa and made it to the BMW Championship before being knocked out of the FedEx Cup so he is playing well enough for him to be a factor again.Henrik Stenson, because of his current standing in the game and that he has been four times runner-up in his last eight starts, will start as the logical the favourite although working against him is that Stenson has not played an event since the Tour Championship a month ago.Stenson will also be playing this event for the first time and is up against a couple of what appear to be course specialists in Moore and Woodland.The man who has finished runner-up in each of his last two starts on the PGA Tour, Kevin Na also boasts a runner-up finish in this event and on that basis is considered a real chance this week.Adam Scott (pictured) impressed in his singles encounter at the Presidents Cup then finished 7th in the Japan Open and in another time and place he would have been considered a real chance to take this out. He could still do so but he will need further improvement. He has not played this venue previously.Paul Casey has been playing well for much of this season and much better than was the case when finishing 37th last year in his only start in this tournament. He has not played an event since the Tour Championship a month ago but could still do well.Garcia will be short of tournament golf when he lines up this week not having played since the BMW five weeks ago. He does boast a runner-up finish at this golf course last year and was 11th in 2013 but his lack of tournament play is a concern.Danny Lee has had a brilliant season culminating in his runner-up finish at the Tour Championship. The New Zealander did well here when 13th last year and is a much improved and confident player now.John Senden plays the hot climate courses well and after a slow start in this event last year he finished 7th. Senden has not had a great year but a 16th place finish last week in Las Vegas suggests he might not be all that far from where he needs to be to do well.Other Australians in the field aside from Scott and Senden are Steven Bowditch, Marc Leishman Matt Jones, Scott Hend, Cameron Smith and Andrew Dodt.Smith returns to the scene of where his elevation in the game began when 5th twelve months ago. That led to invitations to play in the US and eventually a start at the US Open where he tied for 4th and of course a PGA Tour card. He was disappointing in Las Vegas last week but could bounce back after what has been only limited tournament play of late.    
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PGA Tour in Malaysia for CIMB Classic