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Wednesday October 12, 2011

CIMB Asia Pacific Classic to boast formidable field

PETALING JAYA: The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia, to be staged at The Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur from Oct 27-30, will boast a formidable field – with a combined 114 US PGA Tour victories between them, including five major championship winners.

Making his debut in the US$6.1mil PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament and a welcome return to Malaysia is World Golf Hall of Famer and former world No. 1 Vijay Singh of Fiji.

A three-time major champion (1998, 2003 PGA Championship and 2000 Masters), Vijay will be joined by two-time major winner Angel Cabrera of Argentina (2007 US Open and 2009 Masters), and Americans Stewart Cink (2009 British Open), Lucas Glover (2009 US Open) and David Duval (2001 British Open).

Duval, also a former world No. 1 and one of only five PGA Tour players to shoot a 59 in an official round – en route to the 1999 Humana Challenge title in La Quinta, California – has shown resurgent form that has taken him on the up this season.

Australian Stuart Appleby, who shot a 59 in the final round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic and went on to win it, is the most recent PGA Tour player to have registered a sub-60 score. He too will be in Kuala Lumpur for the showdown. But these champions are not the only ones who will be eager to get their hands on the US$1.3mil winner’s cheque – the biggest in South-East Asia.

There are 11 players in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia field who have won 12 PGA Tour titles this season. As such, any one of these players – Brendan Steele, Brandt Snedeker, Jonathan Byrd, Jhonattan Vegas, Mark Wilson (2), Fredrik Jacobson, Rory Sabbatini, Glover, Chris Kirk, Scott Stallings and D. A. Points – could leave Kuala Lumpur with the trophy in tow.

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