Tuesday, October 22

CIMB Classic Kicks Off 'Asian Swing'

Phil Mickelson is making his first
start in the CIMB Classic. (Flickr)
THERE ARE SEVERAL FIRST-TIMERS AT this week's CIMB Classic in Malaysia, now an official PGA Tour event. The 78-person field has no cut, which means FedEx Cup points (and cash) for all PGA Tour members who tee it up at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

PGATour.com's Sean Martin reported:
The PGA TOUR has its "swings," like the West Coast Swing and Florida Swing. Now there's the Asian Swing. Some players in the CIMB field are traveling to Asia for the first of two consecutive TOUR events [the other being the WGC-HSBC Champions]; others, like Charles Howell III, made the trip solely for the CIMB. The inclusion of FedExCup points was one reason Howell made his first trip to this event.

"The FedExCup points make it worthwhile. The points weren't all of it, but were a lot of it," Howell said, referring to the factors that convinced him to play this year. "I've been exempt before and not played. Now that these events count, it's hard not to play."

Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia are also making their first appearance at the CIMB. Mickelson and Bradley are among the seven Presidents Cup participants in the field, along with Graham DeLaet, Bill Haas, Marc Leishman, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama. This year's field was increased from 48 to 78 players and the purse was increased from $6.1 million to $7 million.
The CIMB Classic starts on Thursday and will air live on Golf Channel beginning at 11 p.m. ET.

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