Sport Rookie of the Year Schauffele trails by 1 at CIMB Classic

17:18  12 october  2017
17:18  12 october  2017 Source:   Golfweek

Xander Schauffele caps magical season with top rookie honors

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Rookie of Year Xander Schauffele trails by 1 at CIMB Classic . The 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele has come out swinging against the “Sophomore Jinx.”

Thomas finished one stroke behind winner Xander Schauffele , who became the first TOUR rookie to triumph at the final FedExCup Playoffs event. The 23- year -old has also committed to the US million CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur from October

Justin Thomas of the US (R) and Xander Schauffele of the US (L) walk on the 10th fairway during the first round of the 2017 CIMB Classic golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur on October 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)© AFP/Getty Images Justin Thomas of the US (R) and Xander Schauffele of the US (L) walk on the 10th fairway during the first round of the 2017 CIMB Classic golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur on October 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images) The 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele has come out swinging against the "Sophomore Jinx."

Schauffele and two others trail Cameron Smith by a shot after Smith fired an 8-under 64 in the opening round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur Thursday.

Smith fired eight birdies - gaining three shots over the last five holes - to stand a stroke clear of Schauffele, Keegan Bradley and Poom Saksansin.

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Thomas finished one stroke behind winner Xander Schauffele , who became the first TOUR rookie to triumph at the final FedExCup playoffs event. The 23- year -old has also committed to the US million (RM28m) CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur from Oct

Xander Schauffele got started late, but he closed like a boss with wins at the Greenbrier Classic and Tour Championship to take home the 2016-17 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award.

Smith gained his first PGA Tour victory at the Zurich Classic team event in May. A native of Australia, Smith said he plays comfortable in Malaysia.

"Course is great, it's really hot here. Just tried to keep the hydration up, drunk as much water as I possibly could," said Smith, according to the Australian Associated Press.

"The plan from there was really simple: just hit some fairways and (be) really aggressive into the greens and yeah, my ball-striking was really good today.

"I've obviously played quite a bit in Asia so I feel like it's just back to what it was a few years ago."

PGA Tour Player of the Year Justin Thomas put himself behind a tall wall in his quest for a "three-peat" here after posting a 2-under 70. He won in 2016 and 2015 with a combined score of 49 under,

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Schauffele, 23, beat Thomas by a stroke to win the Tour Championship in Atlanta last month. Schauffele opened with a birdie Thursday, chipped-in from off the green for another at his third hole and rolled on from there.

"It was boring, which I guess is a good thing out here," he said.

"I hit a lot of fairways, kind of made an easy day out of it. I tried to copy everything (Justin) did as I figured he's a good guy to imitate out here."

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Pat Perez victorious again at the 2017 CIMB Classic .
Pat Perez shot 3-under 69 to capture his third career victory at age 41 and win the 2017 CIMB Classic.Perez began the final round with a 4-shot lead and started strong with three straight birdies at holes No. 2-4. It's the second win in as many years for Perez, who won for the first time in eight years at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba last November.

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