Sunday, October 23, 2016

Russell Knox T10 finish behind Thomas, winner for second year in a row
Kuala Lumpur: American Justin Thomas defended his CIMB Classic title in style after a sparkling eight-under-par 64 gave him a three-shot victory at TPC Kuala Lumpur today.

The 23-year-old Thomas took advantage of overnight leader Anirban Lahiri’s disastrous start in the final round when the Indian ran up a quadruple bogey 9 on the par five third hole which wiped out his overnight four-shot lead.
Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama carded a bogey-free 66 to finish runner-up while Lahiri, who battled to a 72, settled for equal third place with American Derek Fathauer in the US$7 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and US PGA Tour.
Thomas, who birdied his closing five holes on Saturday to stay in contention, enjoyed a fast start by picking up four shots over his opening five holes before turning in 31. He also birdied 10 and subsequently coasted home to a second US PGA Tour victory with further birdies on 16 and 17.
“It was obviously a fun day. It couldn't have happened if it wasn't for my finish yesterday. That was huge for me and put me in a good position to have a chance to win. I definitely owe a lot of it to that,” said Thomas, who totalled 23-under-par 265 for the week and earned US$1.26 million.
Florida-based Russell Knox from Inverness tied for 10th place on 275, the same total as Adam Scott and others, after a disappointing final round of 74, easily his highest of the four.
Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter finished a shot behind Knox.
Par 288 (4x72) Yardage: 7,005
265 - Justin THOMAS (USA) 64-66-71-64.
268 - Hideki MATSUYAMA (JPN) 69-64-69-66.
269 - Derek FATHAUER (USA) 64-70-68-67, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 66-66-65-72.
271 - Marc LEISHMAN (AUS) 69-65-71-66.
272 - Keegan BRADLEY (USA) 64-72-68-68.
273 - Scott HEND (AUS) 74-69-63-67, Tyrone VAN ASWEGEN (RSA) 69-70-66-68.
274 - James HAHN (USA) 69-64-69-72.
275 - Siwoo KIM (KOR) 70-66-73-66, Aaron BADDELEY (AUS) 67-71-69-68, Rafa CABRERA BELLO (ESP) 69-67-69-70, Adam SCOTT (AUS) 70-69-66-70, Ryo ISHIKAWA (JPN) 69-68-68-70, Scott PIERCY (USA) 68-68-67-72, Russell KNOX (SCO) 70-63-68-74.
276 - Ian POULTER (ENG) 71-69-69-67, Ryan MOORE (USA) 71-65-70-70, Sergio GARCIA (ESP) 67-72-67-70, Emiliano GRILLO (ARG) 74-65-66-71.
277 - Younghan SONG (SKOR) 70-69-72-66, Patrick RODGERS (USA) 70-68-69-70, Paul CASEY (ENG) 65-72-70-70, Adam HADWIN (CAN) 71-69-67-70, Sunghoon KANG (SKOR) 70-69-68-70.
278 - Kevin KISNER (USA) 68-70-70-70, Zac BLAIR (USA) 70-66-69-73, Brendan STEELE (USA) 67-69-69-73.



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