10/20 04:25 CDT Defending champion Thomas shares lead at CIMB Classic
Defending champion Thomas shares lead at CIMB Classic
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) --- Justin Thomas began his title defense with an
8-under 64 at the $7 million CIMB Classic on Thursday, making nine birdies and
a bogey to move into a three-way tie with Keegan Bradley and Derek Fathauer for
the first-round lead.
Thomas, who won his first PGA Tour title here last year in a tournament-record
total 26-under-par 262, said he felt at ease in the opening round of the PGA
"If there's such a thing as an easy 8-under, it was," Thomas said. "I wedged it
great. I took advantage of the first three par 5s.
"I was just very comfortable and hit it in there close a couple of times and
made a couple putts, but it was a pretty low-stress day."
Bradley had six birdies on the front nine and an eagle at the par-5 10th but
then had two bogeys on his next three holes before recovering with birdies at
the 16th and 17th.
England's Paul Casey was one stroke behind the leaders at 7 under, one clear of
India's Anirban Lahiri and two ahead of a group of four at 5 under, including
Sergio Garcia and Aaron Baddeley.
Ryan Moore, who won the CIMB Classic in 2013 and 2014, opened with a 71 in his
first tournament since he delivered the winning Ryder Cup point for the
He was one of 13 players tied for 44th at 1 under, including Ian Poulter, who
was making his first PGA Tour-sanctioned start since a foot injury in May
caused him to take off the rest of the season. Poulter tied for 28th last week
at the Macau Open, his first tournament back.