CLEVELAND, Ohio -- CIMB Classic 2017, featuring two-time defending champion Justin Thomas, unfolds this week in Malaysia. Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele and Ian Poulter are among other notables in the field.
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Round 1 begins Thursday, Oct. 12 (Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the United States).
PGA TOUR/ASIAN TOUR
Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Course: TPC Kuala Lumpur (West). Yardage: 7,005. Par: 72.
Purse: $7 million (Winner's share: $1,260,000).
Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Friday-Saturday, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Justin Thomas.
Last week: Brendan Steele won the Safeway Open.
FedExCup leader: Brendan Steele.
Notes: Justin Thomas begins his new season one week after he was voted PGA Tour player of the year. He will try to become the first player since Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic (2009-11) to win the same PGA Tour event three straight years. ... The 78-man, no-cut field is for the top 60 players available from last season's FedExCup (no deeper than No. 125), the top 10 available money leaders from the Asian Tour and eight sponsor exemptions, five of them for PGA Tour players. ... This is the start of a three-tournament Asia swing, followed by stops in South Korea and Shanghai. ... The field features eight players from the Presidents Cup, although Thomas is the only American. ... Thomas (No. 4) and Hideki Matsuyama (No. 3) give the CIMB Classic two players from the top 5 in the world ranking for the first time. ... PGA Tour rookie of the year Xander Schauffele is making his first start since winning the Tour Championship.
Next week: CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.
Online: www.pgatour.com and www.asiantour.com
(Fact box from Associated Press.)