American Ryder Cup heroes Patrick Reed and Ryan Moore will be among the headline acts at this month’s CIMB Classic.
Fresh from their exploits at Hazeltine last weekend where the United States defeated Europe to reclaim the Ryder Cup, Reed and Moore will grace the fairways at TPC Kuala Lumpur, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Moore, who won the CIMB Classic in 2013 and 2014, claimed his fifth PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic in August and was defeated by Rory McIlroy in a play-off at the season-ending Tour Championship, finishing seventh in the FedEx Cup standings.
A captain’s pick and debutant for the Ryder Cup, Moore beat Lee Westwood in the Sunday singles to seal victory forDavis Love’s American team.
Reed, meanwhile, capped a remarkable season by beating McIlroy one-up in their Ryder Cup singles match, improving his record to 6-1-2 and setting the pace for the triumphant US team in the final round.
During the regular season, Reed recorded 11 top-10s in 28 starts, including a win at The Barclays at Bethpage Black on Long Island, New York.
The 67 players so far committed to the CIMB Classic have a combined 156 PGA Tour victories, led by World Golf Hall of Fame members Vijay Singh, who owns 34 career wins including three Majors, and Ernie Els, who has 19 wins including four Majors.
Joining them is Australian Adam Scott, who has 13 PGA Tour victories and one Major. He was runner-up at last year’s CIMB Classic.
Twenty-one of the players who have committed to the CIMB Classic won on the PGA Tour during the 2015-16 season, including defending champion Justin Thomas.
Fellow American Kevin Chappell joined Moore and McIlroy in the three-man Tour Championship play-off and is committed to play at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group Chief Executive, CIMB Group, said: “Each year, the CIMB Classic plays host to a stellar cast of some of the world’s best in golf, from the latest top-ranked players, to champions past and present.
“This year’s listing features nine of the top-13 of the final FedEx Cup rankings, one of the best line-ups in our tournament history. We are extremely excited, and fans can look forward to a great show.”
The top finishers in the FedEx Cup committed to the CIMB Classic are Reed (3), Scott (4), Paul Casey (5), Moore (7),Russell Knox (10), Emiliano Grillo (11), Thomas (12), Hideki Matsuyama (13), Kim Si-woo (17), Gary Woodland (20),Kevin Kisner (23), Daniel Berger (26), Sean O’Hair (27), Kevin Na (28) and Jhonattan Vegas (29).
Eleven more players will be added to the field between now and the tournament (October 20-23), 10 given to the top players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit as of October 17 and one to the Malaysian with the highest Official World Golf Ranking as of October 11.