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Tuesday September 25, 2012

Watney, Dufner and Fowler to compete in CIMB Classic

PETALING JAYA: Americans Nick Watney and Jason Dufner, who will be competing in the Ryder Cup for Team US next week, have committed to the US$6.1mil CIMB Classic next month along with rising star Rickie Fowler.

The trio join the likes of Tiger Woods, Ben Crane and Bo Van Pelt for the PGA Tour sanctioned event at the Mines Resort & Golf Club on Oct 25-28. The CIMB Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, will again feature 48 players – 30 from the PGA Tour, 10 from the Asian Tour and eight sponsor’s exemptions.

Dufner has enjoyed one of his most consistent and successful seasons on the PGA Tour this year, with victories at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Classic.

“I’m very excited to be returning to the CIMB Classic, I performed well last year, finishing joint 10th, and had a great experience visiting the country and the city of Kuala Lumpur for the first time,” he said.

“As a player who enjoys playing around the globe, I look forward to play in front of such enthusiastic golf fans again. The PGA Tour is continuing to lift its profile in the Asia-Pacific region and I hope to compete in KL for years to come.”

Watney’s five PGA wins include the 2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the 2009 Buick Invitational, the 2011 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, the 2011 AT&T National and The Barclays.

“This will be my first visit to Kuala Lumpur and I’m really looking ahead to the CIMB Classic. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the event from players who went over last year.

“It’s a great opportunity for me personally to learn about a new culture and for the PGA to help widen interest in the game and our Tour in a part of the world that has shown it embraces the sport,” said Watney.

Fowler is considered as one of the world’s most prominent young players. He came into 2012 after a satisfying win over Rory McIlroy at the 2011 Korea Open. He recently held off McIlroy in a memorable playoff at the Wells Fargo Open for his first Tour win.

“I love Malaysia and am really looking forward to playing in the CIMB Classic next month,” said Fowler, who finished fifth that year.

CIMB also announced that tickets for the highly anticipated tournament are now on sale. Ticket details are as follows:

Oct 25 (Thursday) RM90

Oct 26 (Friday) RM90

Oct 27 (Saturday) RM140

Oct 28 (Sunday) RM140

Season Pass RM260

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