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Monday, October 27, 2014

CIMB Classic - Preview

The PGA TOUR moves east to Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the CIMB Classic. Better late than never, here is a preview to help out with your research.

Kuala Lumpur G&CC is a measly 6,985 yards and plays as a par 72. To say that is short by PGA TOUR standards is a massive understatement. This is only the second time this has served as the host venue, as The MINES Resort & Golf Club hosted the first three editions.

Ryan Moore (14-under) topped Gary Woodland in a playoff last year in Kuala Lumpur's debut. Of the 78 players in the field, 39 broke par for the week and 17 had at least three sub-par rounds. Those 17 were Ryan Moore, Gary Woodland, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Chris Stroud, Aaron Baddeley, Jimmy Walker, Harris English, Charles Howell III, Graham DeLaet, Stewart Cink, Sergio Garcia, K.J. Choi, Shiv Kapur, Jerry Kelly, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Stadler and Siddikur Rahman.

Several things about that list of 17 players stand out. For starters, Aphibarnrat, Kapur and Rahman tell us not to count out non-PGA TOUR players. There are also numerous players on that list noted for ball-striking over putting. Only Baddeley's putter is noted to far outweigh his tee-to-green game, so perhaps a close look at strokes gained: tee-to-green will be a valuable metric.

We will work to put together a solid power ranking and post it on Tuesday, as well as this week's one-and-done selection.

Until then, happy research!

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