Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia Among Early Commitments for the 2015 CIMB Classic.
Early commitments received also comprise 10 Presidents Cup team members
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: CIMB Group announced today an early cast of international stars that have committed to play at this year’s CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) from 29 October – 1 November. The commitments received thus far comprise Major champions, FedExCup champions, tournament winners and 10 players who will be competing in the President’s Cup in Incheon City, South Korea.
Leading the early commitments is a trio of players in the top 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking: Henrik Stenson (6th), Sergio Garcia (10th) and Adam Scott (12th). Stenson, the winner of the 2013 FedExCup will play the CIMB Classic for the first time. Garcia will play his third CIMB Classic after tying for second in the 2014 edition; whilst Scott the 2013 Masters Champion will make his second appearance at the CIMB Classic. Ryan Moore, the CIMB Classic defending champion will return to defend his title and look for a third consecutive win at the tournament.
Other early commitments were also received from South Africa’s Branden Grace, Australia's Marc Leishman, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, New Zealand's Danny Lee and India's Anirban Lahiri. Also committed for the tournament are Americans Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker.
Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Hideki Matsuyama, Danny Lee, Steven Bowditch, and Anirban Lahiri will be representing the Internationals and the President's Cup while Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed and Chris Kirk will be representing Team USA.
The CIMB Classic 2015, now in its sixth year, will feature a 78-player elite field, comprising 60 from the PGA TOUR, 10 from the Asian Tour and eight sponsor’s exemptions. The PGA TOUR player commitment deadline for the tournament is 30 September 2015.
"This is the sixth edition of the CIMB Classic and the tournament has gone from strength to strength, evidenced by the quality and depth of its field," said Effendy Shahul Hamid, Group Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of CIMB Group. “Early commitments are always a good indication of interest in the event, and as always, we expect to have a stellar tournament week come the end of October," he added.
The CIMB Classic, which is also co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Association of Malaysia is part of the season-long PGA TOUR FedExCup competition. Malaysia will have two representatives – one of which is the winner of the SapuraKencana National Qualifier, Ben Leong. The other will go to the highest ranked Malaysian golfer in the world rankings at 30 September 2015.
From L-R: Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott.
Returning to the CIMB Classic is eight-time PGA TOUR winner and World No. 10 Sergio Garcia. Garcia had two runner-up finishes last season, including a T2 finish at the CIMB Classic, finishing three shots behind winner Ryan Moore, and a playoff loss to Rickie Fowler at THE PLAYERS in May. Last year was Garcia’s second year playing in the CIMB Classic – he finished T11 in his debut in 2013.
Making his inaugural appearance in the CIMB Classic is World No. 6 Henrik Stenson, a former FedExCup champion, capturing the season-long competition in 2013 with wins at the Deutsche Bank Championship and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. The Swede is once again showing an affinity for the FedExCup Playoffs as he comes into the finale seeded 4th in the FedExCup standings. If Henrik wins the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola this week, he will join Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) as the only other person to win the FedExCup twice since its inception in 2007.
Making his second start in the CIMB Classic, and first since a T11 at the event in 2010, is former World No. 1 Adam Scott. The Aussie won the Masters in 2013 and is the owner of 11 PGA TOUR victories. Earlier in October, Scott will join his International teammates in Korea at the Presidents Cup, his seventh appearance at the International competition against the United States. The highlight of the season for Scott was a T4 finish at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Seattle, Wash., that saw him close with a blistering 64 that gave him a chance to win on the final day. Scott became the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking following his win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in 2014.
One of the most intriguing players in the field this year is Korean born player Danny Lee, who will also be playing in October’s Presidents Cup. Though Lee was born in Incheon, South Korea, he moved to New Zealand when he was 8 years old and is a citizen of the island nation. He played in the CIMB Classic last year, finishing T13 in his first start in the event. Lee won The Greenbrier Classic earlier this year for his first PGA TOUR victory to go with six other top 10s. Joining him is young international star Hideki Matsuyama, winner of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide in 2014. Matsuyama has notched an impressive 15 top 10s in his first three years on the PGA TOUR, including nine so far in 2014-15. He will be among the players teeing it up at the Presidents Cup in October.