Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Perez wins PGA Tour's CIMB Classic by 4 strokes

Jason Dufner of United States drives down the Perez fires 64, stretches lead
Sammy Stanley | 16 October, 2017, 06:50

American Perez teed off with a four-shot lead at TPC Kuala Lumpur and a three-under 69 was more than enough for the bulky 41-year-old to close out his third Tour win at the $7 million co-sanctioned event.

Perez shot eight birdies against a lone bogey on the 12th hole for a 65 that took his total to 13-under 131.

Schauffele did miss further opportunities over the next five holes, but managed to birdie 16 and 18 to ensure a place alongside Perez in Sunday's final group as he claimed outright second ahead of Sung Kang, who had an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys in an entertaining 65.

Firing the day's low round, Matsuyama carded five straight birdies from No. 4, added another on No. 10 before finishing his round with three straight to shave one stroke off his deficit with Perez.

US PGA Championship and FedEx Cup victor Justin Thomas, aiming to win the event for a third straight time, finished with a 67 and was tied for 17th.

"I'm not going to change anything, " said Perez when asked on course by the PGA Tour how the win would change things for him.

After pocketing a $1.26 million cheque and winning so early in the season, Perez said he had no plans to change his goals, his lifestyle or his "bad diet".

A birdie on the par three eighth followed by another on the ninth, his final hole, saw Perez finish the day seven under par and one shot clear of the field.

Australian Cameron Smith's blemish-free eight-under-par 64 catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. But yeah, I enjoy the heat.

"I mean for the last two days, every time I made a birdie, he did, too", Bradley told reporters.

Despite the jet lag, Bradley continues to thrive at this event.


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