Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Justin Thomas aims to win 3 out of 4 years in Malaysia

Justin Thomas aims to win 3 out of 4 years in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: Kiradech Aphibarnrat is looking forward to a fast start to his PGA Tour career at a venue which has become a favourite hunting ground.

Lahiri said he was extremely eager to play this week and that was not only because of his record at the TPC Kuala Lumpur, where he shot a 62 to win the Malaysian Open and a 64 in the CIMB Classic. I felt like the rust was coming off and I was ready to play well here in KL.

"Twenty years later, I hold a Tour card".

The highest-ranked player in the field this week, Justin Thomas, follows in an eight-way tie for sixth on six under, alongside the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Byeonghun An and European Ryder Cup star Paul Casey. I haven't been here for two, three years, I think. The others are the in-form Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri - who has been here before and was T-3 in 2015 - and Rahil Gangjee, who did play on the Web.com Tour in the USA, but it is in Asia that he is making his PGA Tour debut.

Perez: As golfers, sometimes you just like a golf course the minute you set eyes on it. TPC KL is one of those golf courses where I feel comfortable standing on the tee boxes and seeing what's in front of me.

"It is such a pleasure to be here back in Malaysia again".

Q: The 2018 CIMB Classic (Oct 11-14) will be your first tournament as a father.

Following a three-week break at home, Kiradech is sufficiently recharged and plans to challenge for the title against a stellar line-up which includes title holder Pat Perez, 2017 FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas, last week's season-opening event victor Kevin Tway and World Golf Hall of Famers Ernie Els and Davis Love III.

"My goal is to be in the top-60 in the FedExCup points, and keep the card as long as I can, same as my good friend Anirban (Lahiri)". Only 78 players make up the tournament field this week, including a few of the top Asian Tour players. He finished tied for 53rd at the Safeway Open last week. "I feel like this start will really help me next year securing my card (on the PGA TOUR)". "I think I've got enough experience to playing against the world-class players to do so". This year, Thomas has two wins and 10 top-10 finishes. You have things that you would not really look at when you're playing well, but when you're playing bad, you tend to look at the finer things.

J.T. recovered, though, and finds himself T6 and in the middle of a solid pack of good players vying for the second title of the 2018-19 PGA Tour season.

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