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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

JT Goes for Three

While it's still early in the new season, I guess today opens the first BIG story of the year. Can Justin Thomas continue his good play with a three-peat?

JT kisses his 2nd CIMB trophy

The CIMB Classic is played at TPC Kuala Lumpur, the same venue that hosts the LPGA in a couple of weeks. (The men play the West Course, the women play the East Course.) The PGA Tour lists the par-72 West Course at 7005 yards. That may sound short but the extreme heat and frequent rains in the area makes it feel a few hundred yards longer.

This is a limited field of just 78 players, just like the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship taking place this week in South Korea. Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are sitting this one out, so JT and Hideki Matsuyama (#4 and #3 in the world, respectively) headline the field.

Assuming he's still on form, I think JT has to be the favorite this week. TPC KL is all about the putting, and JT has certainly had the West Course's number over the last two years. However, it will be interesting to see how Xander Schauffele handles the course. The Rookie of the Year was ranked a few spots higher than JT in the Strokes Gained: Putting stat last year. Can he figure the course out quick enough to challenge JT? Inquiring minds want to know...

Unlike this week's LPGA event, the CIMB will be broadcast live starting tonight at 10:30pm ET. So pour your favorite dose of caffeine and settle in for the night.

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