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American world No.3 Phil Mickelson is the main draw of the RM22 million CIMB Classic happening at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from Thrsday to Sunday, which promises to be a great event for both players and spectators alike. - The STAR
IT’S going to be a busy weekend at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club where the last two days (Saturday and Sunday) of the CIMB Classic will be played out.
Traditionally, the last two days of major golf tournaments attract more crowd than the first two.
This event, the first full-fledged US PGA Tour stop outside the United States and a feature on the FedExCup roster and certainly the biggest in South East Asia, is expected to enjoy a boom in the number of fans coming through the turnstiles this weekend.
It is also the best time for a family outing and an ideal opportunity for golf enthusiasts to get a close-up look at the game and the stars.
There will be a lot of merchandise on offer plus loads of information pertaining to the tournament itself and also golf in general.
But more important are the star attractions themselves. Fans get “up close and personal” with the pros, who more often than not are happy to interact with the spectators and signing autographs. And depending where you are standing, you may get to pose with them for a photo.
Fortunately, the West Course, the layout hosting the event, is holding up nicely following heavy overnight rain. Such is the condition of the tract that Friday’s green speed was clocked at 11.3 feet on the Stimpmeter.
Commenting on the state of the West Course, executive director of the CIMB Classic PGA Tour Todd Rhinehart said they and the players were pleased with the condition.
“The course is definitely holding up well,” said Rhinehart. “And this is despite all the overnight rain. The drainage system is working well and the greens are firming up, which is making it interesting as it makes play tougher. “This can be seen in the scoring today and we envisage it to get even better over the weekend,” added the Kuala Lumpur-based Rhinehart.
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, which also host European and LPGA Tour events, is one of the leading golf destinations in the region and certainly Malaysia’s main drawcard. The facilities and amenities are five-star material and spoken highly of by everyone. So, expect an exciting last two days of the tournament, this weekend.
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