Smith takes lead as Thomas falters at CIMB Classic

Smith takes lead as Thomas falters at CIMB Classic

The 2017 FedEx Cup victor and two-time defending champion in Malaysia began his 2017-'18 PGA Tour season with a good-but-not-great two-under 70 at TPC Kuala Lumpur, his second-worst round in the event.

Smith, an Australian, posted a blemish-free round of eight birdies, including five on the front nine for a 64. "It is very important to play well in the opening events".

With four birdies in first five holes and nine in his first nine holes on the backstretch of the course, Lahiri looked set for a real low number.

Much has changed for 24-year-old Thomas since his last trip to TPC Kuala Lumpur, when he was still an unproven, if highly regarded, talent coming off his rookie season. "I tried to copy everything [Justin] did as I figured he's a good guy to imitate out here". I holed a lot of putts today.

Schauffele was fighting simply to keep his PGA Tour card before a surprising T-5 finish at the U.S. Open sparked a torrid summer that included two wins.

Tied with Schauffele in second place is Thailand's Poom Saksansin, a 24-year-old two-time Asian Tour victor making his first start in a PGA Tour event.


The American is the man of the moment after a superb season during which he racked up five wins including a maiden major victory and was named the 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year. "This is a big event but there is no cut so I'm only feeling 50 per cent pressure".

"It's going to be a little bit different this year, just in terms of everything that's happened and kind of the lack of preparation I'll probably get as opposed to years prior", Thomas said last week.

Also tied in second is Keegan Bradley. The Thai is one stroke behind Cameron Smith after the first round of the CIMB Classic.

Three players are tied for fifth with 66s: Kevin Na, Gary Woodland and Pat Perez.

Davis Love III, 53, is tied for eighth after a 67.

Related Articles

  • Melania Trump takes dim view of Ivana Trump's 'I'm first lady' comment

    Melania Trump takes dim view of Ivana Trump's 'I'm first lady' comment

    The former couple have three children together, Ivanka, Donald Jr and Eric . "I'm basically first Trump wife", she continued. From 1977 to 1992, Ivanka Trump, a former model of Czech origin, was married to the american president Donald Trump.
    Woman, 100, Tied in Deadly Home Invasion Escapes, Calls Cops

    Woman, 100, Tied in Deadly Home Invasion Escapes, Calls Cops

    Officers entered the home to find the husband tied up and unconscious on the floor. "But it wasn't a gunshot", the neighbor said . The Brooklyn Borough President is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
    Ezekiel Elliott suspension restored by federal appeals court

    Ezekiel Elliott suspension restored by federal appeals court

    Elliott, the league's leading rusher last season as a rookie, has totaled 393 rushing yards in five games this season. The latest motion in Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL Players Association's legal battle with the NFL has been decided.
  • Russia Tried to Use Pokémon Go to Sew Discord in America

    Russia Tried to Use Pokémon Go to Sew Discord in America

    Niantic's last big event, the Pokémon Go Fest, unfortunately turned out to be a huge mess . CNN uncovered YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram , and Twitter pages for Don't Shoot Us as well.
    Pressure on the Astros, so take a good look at underdog Yankees

    Pressure on the Astros, so take a good look at underdog Yankees

    Houston finished just a shade behind NY with a 4.03 ERA from their rotation , though Verlander was only with the team for a month. Houston also gets production from Yulieski Gurriel, George Springer and Carlos Correa , who has pummeled the Yankees.
    Korean lawmaker says N. Korea hacked war plans

    Korean lawmaker says N. Korea hacked war plans

    Trump lambasted "little rocket man" Kim Jong Un for going on a "suicide mission for himself and his regime" in the speech last month.
  • Pro sports teams no longer staying at Trump hotels

    Pro sports teams no longer staying at Trump hotels

    In all, The Post found that 17 teams from across the four major sports had stayed at Trump properties in recent years. Citing team policy, the Pelicans said Thursday that they don't reveal hotel plans for security purposes.

    Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (NYSE: AXTA)

    Rainier Investment Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Axalta Coating Systems by 151.9% in the third quarter. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Axalta Coating Systems by 217.3% in the 2nd quarter.

    Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Shares Bought by Personal Capital Advisors Corp

    The Altman Z-score depends on five financial ratios that can be calculated from data found on a company's annual 10K report. Plancorp, LLC augmented its holdings by buying 515 shares an increase of 1.0% from 06/30/2017 to 09/30/2017.
  • Porsche Cayman e-volution electric concept paves the way for the future

    Porsche Cayman e-volution electric concept paves the way for the future

    The new Porsche Cayman e-volution shows how electric cars can be sporty despite being weighed down by batteries. Walking past one you would be hard pressed to see many physical differences between it and the standard auto .
    Trump nominates new secretary of Department of Homeland Security

    Trump nominates new secretary of Department of Homeland Security

    He then sung Nielsen's past work in his administration, and spoke of how thrilled he was to have her in this new position. She is the first nominee for the homeland security post who had served in the department , according to the statement.
    Justice Department latest sanctuary city move on Chicago, Cook County

    Justice Department latest sanctuary city move on Chicago, Cook County

    It's not the first time the Trump administration has vowed to withhold public safety grants from uncooperative cities. The assessment is its latest effort to force " sanctuary cities " to comply with federal immigration orders.