Thai Keeps Pace With World Class Field

Thailand’s Poom Saksansin (pictured) played the role of the “big bomber” from Asia as he boomed his way to fire a stunning 7-under par 65 in the opening round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic which got underway in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur today.

Poom’s impressive score was good enough to earn him a share of second place with Americans Keegan Bradley and 2017 Rookie Of The Year Xander Schauffele. The trio trail leader Australian Cameron Smith by a single shot.

Other Asians who put up a good showing included India’s Anirban Lahiri, South Korea’s Sung Kang and Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai who are bunched together tied for the eighth spot with Americans Brendan Steele, Davis Love III and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello.

The CIMB Classic is a US$7 million event and kicks off the PGA Tour’s Asian Swing.