14 October 2018


2018 CIMB Classic 


(2nd of 46 events in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season)

K Lumpur, Malaysia 

Oct 11-14, 2018   

Purse: $7,000,000

TPC Kuala Lumpur                             

Par/Yards: 36-3672/7,005  

Final-Round Notes – Sunday, October 14, 2018


Weather: Partly sunny and a high of 86F (30C). Wind W 6-12mph (10-18kph)


Final Round Leaderboard

Marc Leishman 68-62-67-65—262 (-26)
Emiliano Grillo 66-68-67-66—267 (-21)
Chesson Hadley 67-68-66-66—267 (-21)
Bronson Burgoon   63-69-67-68—267 (-21)

Five Things to Know


  • Marc Leishman carded a final-round 7-under 65 to emerge from a three-way tie for the 54-hole lead with a five-shot victory for his fourth career PGA TOUR victory at the CIMB Classic. Moves up to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings. 
  • Leishman’s 26-under 262 tied Justin Thomas in his 2015 victory for the lowest 72-hole total since the tournament moved to TPC Kuala Lumpur.
  • Kevin Tway remains atop the FedExCup standings for the second consecutive week following a T27 finish at the CIMB Classic. 
  • Shubhankar Sharma, who held a share of the 54-hole lead with Gary Woodland (T5) and Leishman (1), finished T10 at 19-under after playing his last eight holes in 3-over-par. Sharma leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit and was looking to become only the second Indian player in PGA TOUR history to win. 
  • 2017 FedExCup Champion Justin Thomas carded a final-round 8-under 64 for a T5 finish, his first top-10 of the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season. 
Marc Leishman (-26/1)


Age: 34 (October 24, 1983)

Joined Tour: 2009


Following his win this week:

2 FedExCup ranking
5 Starts at CIMB Classic
2 Top-10 at CIMB Classic (Won/2018)
250 PGA TOUR starts
4 PGA TOUR wins 
184 Made cuts
39 Top-10s in career
1 PGA TOUR start in 2018-19
1 Win in 2018-19

PGA TOUR Wins (4): 2012 Travelers Championship, 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, 2017 BMW Championship, 2018 CIMB Classic


  • Collects 500 points and moves to second in the FedExCup standings.
  • FedExCup finishes (No. 20/2009, No. 44/2010, No. 65/2011, No. 46/2012, No. 59/2013, No. 58/2014, No. 72/2015, No. 68/2016, No. 6/2017, No. 29/2018)
  • Wins his fourth PGA TOUR event in his 250th career start at the age of 34 years, 11 months, and 21 days. 
  • Becomes first international player to win the event.
  • His 26-under 262 is the second lowest 72-hole total of his career. His lowest total 261 came in his victory at the 2017 BMW Championship. 
  • Carded birdies on four consecutive holes (Nos. 2-5) and added birdies on Nos. 9, 10, 16 and 18 to go with a lone bogey at the 13th hole to close with a 7-under 65. 
  • Ranked first in the field in putting at 25.5 putts per round. 
  • His five-shot victory ties his 2017 BMW Championship win for his largest margin of victory on the PGA TOUR. 
  • Has now converted the 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory twice in four tries, including the 2017 BMW Championship and 2018 CIMB Classic.
  • Making his sixth appearance at the CIMB Classic, with a 5th place finish in 2016 CIMB Classic as his best prior result before his win this week.
  • Through a 29-hole stretch from the 18th hole of the first round to the 10th hole of the third round, Leishman played those 29 holes in 19-under-par. 
  • Finished 29th on the FedExCup final points standings in the recent 2017-18 Season following six top-10s including runner-up finishes at the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES and AT&T Byron Nelson.
  • Becomes the seventh player in tournament history to convert the 54-hole lead/co-lead at the CIMB Classic. 


Leishman Quotes: I feel unbelievable right now. Yesterday I started off great and struggled on the back nine, but I think that helped me today.  I knew that even though I got off to a good start, I still needed to grind because there's some tough holes out there. Managed to hit some good shots and this is the result. It's great to get back in the winner's circle, excited to be back in Malaysia and leaving with this (trophy). It was nice to be playing the last few holes with a little bit of a buffer. Those finishing holes, they're short but there's a lot of trouble around, so if you're not hitting good shots you can become unstuck. I was happy to walk away and be able to enjoy that walk up the last hole. I'm very excited about that. I guess it's just a more determined mindset, I guess.  No one wants to lose a lead on the back nine. I had that lead and I was very determined not to lose it.  Yeah, I wouldn't say it's a zone, it's just more I think I just get very determined.  That's the word, I just get very determined.  I wouldn't say it's a zone, but determination goes up.

Bronson Burgoon (-21/T2)
  • In his 55th career PGA TOUR start, tied his T2 at the 2018 John Deere Classic for his best finish on TOUR with a T2 at the CIMB Classic. Moved up to sixth in the FedExCup standings.
  • Tied his career low in relation to par with the 9-under 63 in the first round. 
  • Opened the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season with a T53 at the Safeway Open.
  • Finished the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season 78th in the FedExCup standings. Collected two top-10s, including a season-best T2 at the 2018 John Deere Classic. 
  • Finished 18th on the 2015 Web.com Tour money list to secure his PGA TOUR card. Regained his PGA TOUR card in 2017 for 2017-18 Season after finishing 12th on the 2017 Web.com Tour Finals money list. 
  • First career appearance at the CIMB Classic


Burgoon Quotes:  Yeah, I played well.  I played a lot better than what I shot today. I don't know what happened in my putting, but I just…  it was really bad.  I mean, it was really, really bad.  Today was by far the best ball striking day without question.  Until the last hole, honestly, I felt like I had zero drama and I just couldn't make an eight foot putt.

Emiliano Grillo (-21/T2)
  • Opened his round with a 6-under 30 that included six birdies but recorded an even-par 36 on the back nine for a 6-under 66 to finish in T2 at 21-under-par. Moves up to fifth in the FedExCup standings. 
  • Led the field in driving accuracy (48/54).
  • His T2 finish is his best on the PGA TOUR since a T2 at THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2016.  
  • Third career runner-up on TOUR.
  • Finished the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season 32nd in the FedExCup standings with six top-10s in 25 starts. 
  • Finished T41 at the season-opening Safeway Open. 
  • Making his third consecutive appearance at the CIMB Classic with a T17 in 2016 and T54 finish in 2017. 


Grillo Quotes: I started playing very well, I shot 30 on the front nine. I was starting the round today saying if I could shoot 7 under it would give me the chance.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to play as well on the back nine, but four rounds in the 60s is always good, especially in a place like this. Very important (to get early FedExCup points). It's different. I mean, it's not the same playing with your card on the line than having a lot of points in the beginning. Of course that's always the idea is to get the most points out of it every week and this week was pretty good in that matter.

Chesson Hadley (-21/T2)
  • Entered the final round four shots back of lead but recorded eight birdies and a double bogey on his way to a 6-under 66 to move into T2. 
  • His T2 finish is his lowest since a solo runner-up at the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship. 
  • Tied his previous 72-hole career low, which came in his victory at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open, with a 21-under 267. 
  • Opened the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season with three consecutive top-four finishes. Finished the 2017-18 Season 44th in the FedExCup standings with seven top-10s in 30 starts. 
  • 2017 Web.com Tour Player of the Year won both the 2017 Web.com Tour Regular Season and Finals money list titles. 
  • Missed the cut at the Safeway Open to start the season. 
  • Had never finished better than T65 in two prior appearances at the CIMB Classic. 
Justin Thomas (-20/T5)
  • 2015 and 2016 CIMB Classic champion birdied his last three holes to post his best round of the week (8-under 64) and finished six shots shy of Marc Leishman. 
  • The 25-year-old, who was the highest ranked player in the field, has now finished in the top 10 in 38 of 118 career PGA TOUR starts. 
  • Hit 37/54 fairways (T34) and 54/72 greens in regulation (T34) for the week.
  • 2017 FedExCup Champion recorded three wins and seven additional top-10s in 23 starts during the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season. Finished seventh in the final FedExCup standings.
  • During his 2017 FedExCup victory, began his season with one of five victories with a win here at the CIMB Classic. 
  • Nine-time PGA TOUR winner posted his first two career victories at the CIMB Classic and has the lowest scoring average in tournament history (minimum eight rounds) at 67.00. 
Gary Woodland (-20/T5)
  • The 54-hole co-leader carded a final-round 1-under 71 for a T5 finish. 
  • Has held the 54-hole lead/co-lead six times in his career and has never converted the 54-hole lead into a victory. He previously held the 54-hole lead/co-lead at the 2011 Bob Hope Classic (lost in a playoff), 2013 The Barclays (T2), 2014 Farmers Insurance Open (T10), 2016 The Memorial Tournament (T4) and 2016 OHL Classic at Mayakoba (2).
  • Gary Woodland, runner-up at the CIMB Classic in 2013 and 2014, tied the course record at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s West course with his 11-under 61 in the second round, matching Justin Thomas’ second round score in 2015. The 11-under 61 was a career low on the PGA TOUR. 
  • Played the first 49 holes of the CIMB Classic without a bogey before a bogey on the 14th hole of the third round.  
  • Finished 26th in the FedExCup standings during the 2017-18 Season and recorded his third career victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he closed with a 64. 
  • Closed the 2017-18 Season with 11 consecutive made cuts, including top-25s in six of his last seven starts. 
  • In six appearances at the CIMB Classic, the three-time PGA TOUR winner now has two runner-ups (T2/2014 and 2nd/2015) and a T5 (2018). 
Abraham Ancer (-20/T5)
  • Tied his career low for 72 holes with a 20-under 268, which is his lowest four-round total on the PGA TOUR in relation to par. That four-day total ties the 2018 Wyndham Championship for the lowest 72-hole score of his career. 
  • Carded nine birdies and a double bogey in the final round for a 7-under 65. 
  • Has now recorded top-10s in four of his last nine starts on the PGA TOUR. 
  • Finished the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season 60th in the FedExCup standings with five top-10s in 30 starts. 
  • First appearance at the CIMB Classic. 
Charles Howell III (-20/T5)
  • Led the field in greens in regulation with 65/72 but was T48 in putts per round. 
  • Carded an eagle 2 on the par-4 seventh, seven birdies, two bogeys and a double on his way to a 5-under 67 in the final round. 
  • Recorded his third top-10 at the CIMB Classic in five appearances (T7/2013, T10/2015).
  • Posted his 89th career top-10 on the PGA TOUR in his 526th career start. Owns two career PGA TOUR victories. 
  • Finished the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season 53rd in the FedExCup standings with four top-10s and 24 made cuts in 28 starts. 

Miscellaneous Notes


  • With a T27 finish, Kevin Tway, who won the season-opening Safeway Open, remains No. 1 in the FedExCup standings. 
  • Defending champion Pat Perez finished at 4-under 284 for a T63 finish. 
  • Sharma was 2/10 in sand saves for the week. 
  • Kyle Stanley tied Justin Thomas for the round of the day with an 8-under 64 to finish T13. 
  • 2013 and 2014 CIMB Classic champion Ryan Moore, who fell in a playoff last week at the Safeway Open, finished T66. 

Bogey-free rounds: 


R1: Austin Cook (64), Billy Horschel (65), Kevin Chappell (66), Emiliano Grillo (66), Louis Oosthuizen (66), Scott Stallings (67), Kevin Na (68), Gary Woodland (70)

R2: Gary Woodland (61), Marc Leishman (62), Keith Mitchell (65), John Catlin (65), Kevin Chappell (67), Charles Howell III (67), Austin Cook (68), Chesson Hadley (68), Whee Kim (68), Justin Thomas (69), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (69)

R3: Stewart Cink (63), Charles Howell III (65), Ernie Els (66), Kyle Stanley (66), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (68), Andrew Putnam (68)

R4: Si Woo Kim (65), Kevin Chappell (65), Keith Mitchell (66), Rafa Cabrera Bello (66), Ryan Armour (67), John Catlin (67), Troy Merritt (67), Kevin Na (69), James Hahn (70)


Scoring Averages at the par-72 TPC Kuala Lumpur (West):         

Front 9 Back 9 Total
R1:            34.013  35.808  69.821
R2:            34.039  35.397 69.436
R3:           34.116   35.089 69.205
R4:           33.924   35.218 69.142

Marc Leishman celebrates

Marc Leishman

From left: Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Shahril Shamsuddin, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Sapura Energy Berhad, Tan Sek Kee, Chief Executive Officer, Berjaya Sompo Insurance, YM Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Group, Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, Marc Leishman, YBhg Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak, Group Chairman, CIMB Group, Valrick Harris Zainal, President, Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM), Ty Votaw, Executive Vice President, International, PGA TOUR, Cho Minn  Thant, Chief Operating Officer, Asian Tour