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Luiten exposes loophole; hits one ball, WDs 10-24-2013
Joost Luiten
Joost Luiten withdrew from the BMW Masters after his tee ball in the opening round, citing a shoulder injury.
Every now and then, a golfer taps one ball and walks off in order to retain eligibility or earn guaranteed earnings or points on the table. The 78-man BMW Masters is the first event of the new Final Series on the European Tour. To be eligible for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship (which will host 60 golfers), golfers must compete in no fewer than two of the first three events of The Final Series. So, Luiten probably would have withdrawn prior to his round if not for that requirement. Keep this in mind if you're considering him for a lineup at next week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
Stenson opens even par at the BMW Masters 10-24-2013
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson posted an even-par 37-35=72 in his opening round of the BMW Masters. If his right wrist was an issue, he grinded through it today. Stenson split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and averaged 307.5 yards off the tee. Those acceptable splits when healthy. He took 33 putts, however, and traded three birdies with three bogeys, but his ball-striking didn't suffer, and that's the positive takeaway from the opener. What's more, he's T14 after 18 holes in the 78-man field.
Mickelson takes good with bad in Kuala Lumpur 10-24-2013
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson signed for a 1-under-par 34-37=71 following his opening round of the CIMB Classic. He circled five birdies in Kuala Lumpur today but incurred a pair of double bogey-6s coming home on the front side of the course. Overall, Mickelson split only five (of 14) fairways but he found 15 greens in regulation, so the course is well within reach. He'll go in the books sitting eight strokes off Ryan Moore's overnight lead.
Stroud attempting to hop off schneid at CIMB 10-24-2013
Chris Stroud
Chris Stroud opened the CIMB Classic with a 5-under-par 36-31=67 to finish four strokes off the overnight lead. Given his surge over the summer and nearly winning the Travelers Championship, it's fair to say that Stroud arrived in Malaysia in a slump as he's gone seven starts without a top 30. Perhaps all he needed was a change of scenery. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation en route to six birdies against just one bogey.
Chris Kirk goes low in his opener in Malaysia 10-24-2013
Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk posted a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic. After putting aside the disappointment of a bogey-5 at the second hole, Kirk rattled off six birdies against no bogeys the rest of the way. In fact, he procured five of the par breakers before the turn. He walked off just four strokes off the clubhouse lead. Kirk tied for 36th in his season opener in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Garcia nearly flawless in his CIMB lid-lifter 10-24-2013
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia pured a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic. Garcia missed only two (of 14) fairways and one green in regulation at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club's West Course today, picking off six birdies along the way. He split his bounty with three on par 4s and three on par 5s. Despite the lovely round, the Spaniard went on to sign his card sitting three strokes adrift of the clubhouse lead.
Weekley wears out fairways and greens at CIMB 10-24-2013
Boo Weekley
Boo Weekley submitted a 5-under-par 35-32=67 for his opening round of the CIMB Classic. Eleven (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation almost sounds about average for the renown ball-striker, but that he poured in six birdies against one bogey speaks to a continued confidence on the putting surfaces. He signed his card sitting four strokes back of the clubhouse lead.
Aphibarnrat opens pursuit of rare feat w/ 67 10-24-2013
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Kiradech Aphibarnrat carded a 5-under-par 31-36=67 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic, finishing four strokes off the clubhouse lead. The Thai won on this course in March. The Maybank Malaysian Open was truncated to 54 holes due to inclement weather, but he's the only guy that could make it two wins on the same course in the same calendar year. He opened with a birdie at the par-5 10th but erased it with a bogey-5 at 16, and would make the turn in even. But Aphibarnrat turned on the jets and found five birdies coming home. He totaled 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation in his walk around the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
Defending champion struggles on new course 10-24-2013
Nick Watney
Nick Watney opened his title defense of the CIMB Classic with a 3-over-par 39-36=75. After a spirited run to conclude the 2013 season, he disappointed new owners in his lid-lifter at the Shriners last week where he had posted top 10s in the previous three editions. Watney tied for 48th at TPC Summerlin on Sunday. Today's loop around Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club's West Course didn't provide any hope as he hit 14 greens in regulation and still managed to square five bogeys to wipe away two birdies. It's relevant to note that if you weren't already aware, this week's host course is taking its first turn on the PGA TOUR. The MINES Resort greeted unofficial fields in 2010-2012.
Reed over par in his return to competition 10-24-2013
Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed settled for a 2-over-par 38-36=74 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic. The good news is that the wrist injury that bumped him from last week's Shriners during the second round didn't prevent him from making the trip to Malaysia. The bad news, well, is that he's a long shot to contend after today's black number. He split 10 (of 14) fairways but hit only 11 greens and erased four birdies with six bogeys. But hey, it's free money and FedExCup points this week, so gamers will gobble it up and say thank you.
Four-pack of birdies buoys bogey-free Laird 10-24-2013
Martin Laird
Martin Laird posted a bogey-free, 4-under-par 36-32=68 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic. Ten pars, four birdies, four pars; in that order. He birdied holes 11-14, none of which is a par 5, and reached the house five strokes off the lead. Overall, Laird split just eight (of 14) fairways but landed 16 greens in regulation. It's a splendid way to begin this no-cut affair in Malaysia, but doubt remains if he can do something with it. Since a T5 at the Scottish Open, he's 3-for-6 with no top 40s. Keep holding your breath.
R. Moore pours in 10 birdies to lead the CIMB 10-24-2013
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore blistered Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club's West Course for 10 birdies en route to a 9-under-par 32-31=63 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic. He walked off with a two-stroke clubhouse lead over Keegan Bradley. Moore split 11 (of 14) fairways and stood over 15 opportunities to break par. Somehow he wrangled only two birdies on the quartet of par 5s but he penciled in 2s on all four par 3s. He arrived from Vegas where he tied for ninth in his title defense of the Shriners.
Daly back and bogey-free to open BMW Masters 10-24-2013
John Daly
John Daly enjoyed a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68 for his opening round of the BMW Masters. His commitment to this tournament in Shanghai, China slipped under our noses. Daly has been sidelined since early July after having surgery on his right elbow. He had conditional status in 2013, so he was given a Non-exempt Medical Extension for 2013-14 affording him one start to earn $551,940 or 351 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category. When he'll burn that start remains unknown, but don't rule anything out after today's performance at Lake Malaren. He circled two of his four birdies on par 5s and signed his card with the early clubhouse lead.
Matsuyama returns to action; posts 2-under 72 10-24-2013
Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama signed for a 2-under-par 33-37=70 following his opening round of the CIMB Classic. Well, whew. Unlike last week when he withdrew too late (due to an illness) for most gamers to replace him in weekly lineups for the Shiners, no news was good news this week in Malaysia. He was bogey-free 3-under through 10 holes only to give it all back with bogeys on three of his next four. Birdies at 16 and 18 saved the day and guided him to finish five off the clubhouse lead. Matsuyama's swing was fine. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation.
Choi begins quest to complete unfinished biz 10-24-2013
K.J. Choi
K.J. Choi carded a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic, finishing three strokes off the clubhouse lead. Choi is familiar with this week's host track in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He took solo second at the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2010, finishing one stroke back of Seung-yul Noh, who didn't qualify this week. After Choi opened par-par-bogey-bogey today, he found a groove and played the final 14 holes in bogey-free 6-under with six birdies. Overall, he split seven (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens.
Keegan Bradley bogey-free and atop the CIMB 10-24-2013
Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley spun a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-34=65 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic to establish the clubhouse lead. Bradley is a first-timer in this event. In cooperative conditions and with lift, clean and place in effect, he dissected the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club for 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. He circled seven birdies, two of which on par 5s and one on a par 3. He's proven to be a monster in the no-cut events, so it's no surprise that he's already setting the pace in this 78-man field.
Woodland has little trouble in Kuala Lumpur 10-24-2013
Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland turned in a 4-under-par 33-35=68 for his opening round of the CIMB Classic. While most in the field haven't sized up Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club's West Course in competition until today, and while Woodland is making his debut in this tournament, it was just his latest of a series of recent fine efforts. He split nine (of 15) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. Along the way, he picked off five birdies to offset a lone bogey at the par-4 12th hole.
Sabbatini rides torred front nine to 5-under 10-24-2013
Rory Sabbatini
Rory Sabbatini carded a 5-under-par 30-37=67 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic. After running through the tape to conclude the 2013 season, Sabbatini missed the first two cuts of the new campaign. However, his form was spot on today, at least early. He birdied six of his first nine holes (except Nos. 2, 6 and 7) to serve as a rabbit for the field of 78. He'd fail to find another par breaker coming in and squared one bogey, but he's on the board for his first under-par round of the wraparound schedule.
Hoffman first to post a number at the CIMB 10-24-2013
Charley Hoffman
Charley Hoffman turned in a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic, good for very early possession of the clubhouse lead. The locks may be gone but his game has remained. Going out in the second threesome off the 10th tee at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club's West Course, Hoffman split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation en route to four birdies against one bogey. Three of his birdies dropped in on par 5s.