October 21, 2017
After superb season, Justin Thomas eyes three-peat at CIMB Classic

After superb season, Justin Thomas eyes three-peat at CIMB Classic

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Whatever the reason, Justin Thomas has a thing for Malaysia.

He won his first PGA Tour title there, setting a tournament-record low of 26-under-par 262 and posting a course-record 61 in winning the 2015 CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He won his second Tour title on the same ground a year later when he played his last 23 holes in 13 under in the 2016 edition of the CIMB Classic.

Perhaps it’s the food, the course, the city itself, the tournament hotel. Or maybe the weather. Or the collective sum of many parts. But even Thomas can’t put a finger on why he’ll go for a three-peat this week in the second event of the 2017-18 season.

“I really don’t know why,” Thomas, 24, said a few days before boarding his cross-the-globe flight to Asia, which came just a few days after the reigning PGA Tour player of the year put a bow on his 2016-17 season with a superb stint in the Presidents Cup.

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