The regular PGA Tour season may be finished, but this week it’s the PGA and Asian Tour’s co-sanctioned CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia. Ben Crane defends the title at the Mines Resort at Selangor.
This event is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and the Asian Tour. It features a limited field of just 48 players and no halfway cut. The field is made up of – the top 30 available players from the PGA Tour’s final FedEx Cup standings, the top 10 available players from the Asian Tour money list and eight sponsors’ exemptions.
In last year’s inaugural tournament, Ben Crane took the title by a single stroke from England’s Brian Davis. Crane eagled the 15th hole then birdied the last to take the title in regulation play by the narrowest of margins.
The course at the Mines Resort is by Robert Trent Jones Jnr and is constructed on a former tin mine. It was opened for play in 1993. A huge, 150-acre, lake is a key feature and it comes into play on a number of holes.
The Mines Resort and Golf Club is no stranger to hosting significant competition. It was the venue for the World Cup of 1999, the women’s World Cup in 2000 and the Malaysian Open in 2003.
Venue: The Mines Resort & Golf Club, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: Oct 27-30
Course stats: par 71, 6,966 yards
Purse: $6,100,000 Winner: $1,300,000
Defending Champion: Ben Crane (-18)
Thursday 27 – Live on Sky Sports 1 from 6am
Friday 28 – Live on Sky Sports 1 from 6am
Saturday 29 – Live on Sky Sports 1 from 6am
Sunday 30 – Live on Sky Sports 1 from 6am
Ben Crane – You’ve got to fancy the defending champion’s chances again this week. He won on his last outing at the McGladrey Classic and, since then, his wife has given birth to their third child.
Camilo Villegas – Just the sort of event the Colombian might sneak up and win. He’s had a poor season in general but things have looked much more promising recently – he managed to secure three top-10s in his last four starts on the PGA Tour.
Jeev Milkha Singh – Singh may have an unorthodox technique but he’s one of the Asian and European Tour’s most consistent competitors. He’d love to finish the year strongly.
Key hole: 17th. A par 5 of just 523 yards, this is a hole that’s reachable in two for most, if not all, of the players in the field. The drive must find a plateau fairway then the approach must also fly all the way to an elevated green. There should be some eagles on this one.
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