Burgoon leads CIMB Classic after Round 1

Aubrey Yates
October 11, 2018

Following a three-week break at home, Kiradech is sufficiently recharged and plans to challenge for the title against a stellar line-up which includes title holder Pat Perez, 2017 FedExCup Champion Justin Thomas, last week's season-opening event victor Kevin Tway and World Golf Hall of Famers Ernie Els and Davis Love III. "You have some of the best players in the world playing", said Sharma, who failed to secure his PGA Tour card last season. This year, Casey has played in 20 events and he has one win with six top-10 finishes.

In this question and answer (Q&A), he talks about that win, his overall performance in his 2017-2018 PGA TOUR season and also about fatherhood, after he and wife Ashley welcomed their daughter, Piper, last month. Coming back to Malaysia will be a good starting point, for sure. I've been playing Malaysia Open many times, especially on this course I'm playing so well and have a good record over here.

"I played phenomenal past year, I putted incredible and I'm going to have to do that again", Perez said. The greens are fantastic.

Perez: I think it's just been okay. The fairway will be more hard because it's going to roll off the fairways because previously, it just stops or just end up a yard away.

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.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the 2013 Asian Tour number one, will play in his first PGA Tour event at the CIMB Classic after becoming the first Thai to earn a PGA Tour card. 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 previous year which also included stops in South Korea and Shanghai. But this stretch for me, no doubt, is very, very important.

The wind. It's a golfer's nightmare, and even the best players in the world are occasionally afflicted by the yips in a breeze. I'm really happy that I'm part of this event and looking forward to it. "They're all PGA TOUR events", said Sharma, 22. World No. 4 and two-time champion Justin Thomas enters as the Vegas favorite at 5-1 CIMB Classic odds, followed by Billy Horschel and Ryan Moore at 14-1. Malaysia's Kim Leun Kwang and Ben Leong will fly the local flag.

The event will celebrate its ninth edition this year, and is the second tournament of the new 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season.

As you know, I had my shoulder surgery in 2016 and then I received a sponsor's exemption to play in the tournament later that year and while I didn't win then, it gave me the confidence that I needed in my comeback and I subsequently won in Mayakoba (the only PGA TOUR tournament held in Mexico).

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