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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Thomas becomes the youngest champion of the CIMB Classic at the age of 22 years, 6 months, 3 days.

22+ year old Justin Thom

    • Thomas becomes the youngest champion of the CIMB Classic at the age of 22 years, 6 months, 3 days.

    2015 CIMB Classic
    (The 3rd of 47 events in the 2015-2016 PGA TOUR Season)
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia         October 29-November 1, 2015                    Purse: $7,000,000
    Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club                                           Par/Yards: 36-36—72/6,967
    Final-Round Notes – Sunday, November 1, 2015
    Weather: Hot and humid weather with temperatures reaching 91 degrees with winds shifting from the North to the West at 4-8 mph.
    Due to wet conditions, preferred lies were used during the second round.
    Final-Round Leaderboard
    Justin Thomas             68-61-67-66—262 (-26)
    Adam Scott                 68-68-66-63—263 (-25)
    Brendan Steele           67-63-66-68—264 (-24)
    Kevin Na                      67-66-64-67—264 (-24)
    Hideki Matsuyama       65-66-68-67—266 (-22)
    Justin Thomas
    Justin Thomas entered the final round tied with Brendan Steele at the top of the leaderboard and walked away with a one-shot win over Adam Scott at the CIMB Classic after a 6-under 66on Sunday. Thomas becomes the youngest champion of the CIMB Classic at the age of 22 years, 6 months, 3 days.
    After a double bogey at the par-4, 14th Thomas went birdie-birdie-birdie-par to close out the tournament.
    The CIMB Classic is the fourth consecutive TOUR event won by a player under the age of 24 dating back to last season.
    • TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola – Jordan Spieth (22 years, 2 months)
    • Open – Emiliano Grillo (23 years, 1 months, 4 days)
    • Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – Smylie Kaufman (23 years, 10 months, 25 days)
    • CIMB Classic – Justin Thomas (22 years, 6 months, 3 days)
    Thomas is the seventh-consecutive winner on TOUR in his 20s, dating back to 27-year-old Jason Day’s triumph at The Barclays.
    Thomas etched his name in the CIMB Classic history book with a new tournament record, in relation to par, of 26-under. (Bo Van Pelt, 23-under, 2011).
    Thomas becomes the fourth player (five wins) to win this event after holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead, joining Ben Crane (2010), Bo Van Pelt (2011) and Ryan Moore (2013, 2014).
    Thomas becomes the first player to make the CIMB Classic his maiden PGA TOUR victory.
    Thomas’ tournament in detail: 34 of 56 fairways, 55 of 72 greens in regulation, 6 of 10 sand saves and 104 putts.
    Thomas extends exempt status through the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season.
    Thomas is awarded 500 FedExCup points for his victory and moves to the top of the standings.
    Thomas’ triumph at the CIMB Classic is expected to place him No. 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
    The win comes in Thomas’ 39th professional start on TOUR.
    Thomas was paired with Brendan Steele (68) and Kevin Na (67) in the final round.
    In the second round, Thomas’ bogey-free 61 set a new course record at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and matched the tournament record. The former University of Alabama All-American also set the 36-hole tournament record in relation to par with his 15-under-par score (2012-Robert Garrigus /14-under).
    Thomas got his sophomore campaign off to a strong start with a T3 at the Open, a career-best showing on TOUR. The former Nicklaus award winner closed with a 69 and narrowly missed a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish one shot out of a playoff with Emiliano Grillo and Kevin Na.
    In 2014, Thomas earned his first professional victory at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship outside of Columbus, Ohio during the Tour Finals. Thomas headed into the weekend four back of the leaders, carded 72-70 and defeated Richard Sterne in a playoff for the title.
    About Justin Thomas
    BIRTHDATE: April 29, 1993
    BIRTHPLACE: Louisville, Kentucky
    RESIDENCE: Goshen, Kentucky
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-10, 145
    EDUCATION: University of Alabama
    TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 2013 JOINED TOUR: 2014-15 Tour Graduate (2014)
    final day of 2015 CIMB-PGA GOLF  CALSSIC  @ KLGCC

    PHOTO ABOVE  AFTER THE WINNING PUT-22-year-old Justin Thomas became the youngest winner of the CIMB Classic, defeating Australian and former Masters champion Adam Scott by one to claim his first PGA TOUR win. The win came in style, as his 26-under par score is a tournament record in relation to par.

    With the Trophy -Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia (right) and Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak (left) after presenting the trophy to Justin Thomas (centre), making him the youngest 22 year old champion of the 2015 CIMB Classic who won his maiden PGA TOUR title today.

    Adam Scott
    Australian Adam Scott made a Sunday charge at the CIMB Classic, fired a bogey-free 63 and finished one shot shy of forcing a playoff with Thomas. The runner-up performance is Scott’s best showing on TOUR since his triumph at the 2014 Colonial National Invitational Tournament.
    Scott’s 9-under-par round on Sunday was the second lowest final-round score in his career on TOUR [2013 The Honda Classic – 62 (-10)].
    Scott has been using a conventional-length putter with a claw grip in anticipation of the anchoring ban that goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. He recorded 112 putts for the week at KLGCC.
    Brendan Steele
    Brendan Steele, who shared the 54-hole lead with Thomas, carded a 4-under 68 and finished two back for a T3, his best performance on TOUR since a T2 at the 2015 CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
    Kevin Na
    Kevin Na was deadlocked with Scott and Thomas heading into the final nine. After a birdie on the par-4 10th, Na could only manage eight straight pars to finish his round at 24-under, two back of Thomas.. Na, who is making his fourth start at the CIMB Classic, has recorded top 10s in his last three starts in the event.
    Na is coming off of two runner-up finishes in the first two events of the PGA TOUR 2015-16 season, including a playoff-loss at the Open.
    Miscellaneous stats
    In addition to 500 FedExCup points and a two-year PGA TOUR exemption, the CIMB Classic champion receives invitations to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, a winners-only event in January, along with two major championships (Masters Tournament and PGA Championship) and THE PLAYERS. The player would also earn exemptions into six additional invitational events and a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR.
    Anirban Lahiri, who won at KLGCC earlier this year on the European Tour in a co-sanctioned event with the Asian Tourt, carded a final-round 70 and finished at 14-under-par in a tie for 21st place.
    Two-time defending CIMB Classic winner Ryan Moore posted 67-69-66-69—271, 17-under for the tournament and finished T10. Moore has the most top-10s  of any player at the event.

    Bogey-free rounds:
    R1 – Scott Piercy, Alex Cejka, Charles Howell III, Kevin Na, Chad Campbell, Brendon De Jonge, Jon Curran, Paul Casey, Russell Knox, Ben Martin, Carlos Ortiz
    R2 – Justin Thomas, Brendan Steele, Spencer Levin, Hideki Matsuyama, Stewart Cink, Jason Gore, James Hahn,
    David Hearn, Kyle Reifers, Jim Herman, Daniel Summerhays, Kevin Chappell.
    R3 – Brendan Steele, James Hahn, David Lingmerth, Patrick Reed, Cameron Tringale, Tony Finau, Russell Knox,
    Hudson Swafford, Zac Blair, Ben Crane
    R4 – Adam Scott, Brendan Steel, Kevin Na, Hideki Matsuyama, Brian Harman, Tony Finau, Charles Haowell III, Jim Herman, Patrick Reed, Daniel Summerhays, Troy Merritt, David Hearn, Nick Watney, Nick Taylor.
    Scoring averages at the par-72 Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
    Front 9            Back 9             Total
    R1:       34.590                         35.296                         69.886
    R2:       34.129                         35.127                         69.256
    R3:       34.232                         35.589                         69.821
    R4:       34.674             34.896             69.570

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