Adam Scott will be hoping to go one better at this year’s CIMB Classic, after finishing one shot behind Justin Thomas in last year’s edition.
Last year’s one and two will meet again at TPC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the fourth installation of the event since its PGA Tour recognition.
Scott’s 63 on Sunday last time out was not enough to catch Justin Thomas at 26 under par, who set a new course record with a second round 61.
The CIMB Classic will be Scott’s PGA Tour season opener, having missed the Safeway Open last week to compete in the Japan Open Golf Championship. The Australian will be hoping for better form this week after missing the cut in Iruma.
Scott will be the highest ranked competitor to take to the tee in Kuala Lumpur. Ranked sixth in the world, the 36-year-old will be joined by fellow world top 20s in Patrick Reed (seventh), Paul Casey (12th) and Sergio Garcia (14th).
Casey heads into the competition on the back of one tied third, one fourth and and two second place finishes in his last four starts and has shown no signs to suggest he will not continue that form in Malaysia.
The defending champion, Thomas, is in a similar vein of form. The 23-year-old has three top 10 finishes in his last five starts.
Winner of last week’s Safeway Open, Brendan Steele was tied for third in this event last year at 23 under par and will return aiming to replicate last week’s victory in California.
Steele’s fellow American, Ryan Moore, will be back at a tournament he knows as well as anyone, having won the event in both 2013 and 2014.
These names are just a fraction of the 78 strong field – made up of the top 60 available players from the FedExCup 2015-16 standings, the top 10 available players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit and eight sponsor exemptions – who will battle it out on the fairways of the rebranded TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Previously the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, the club earned TPC status this summer to become TPC Kuala Lumpur. It has held the event since 2013.
The 7005 yard, par 72, west course will host the 78 players. The par five 18th hole sits at 634 yards in length, providing the opportunity for some of the bigger hitters to take a shot at making the green in two if needing a low score to finish their round.
The winner will be rewarded with a $1.26 million prize fund and 500 FedExCup points to boost their ranking early on in the season.
Six players broke 20 under par last year, so expect low scores in Malaysia again this week.