Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
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Beach boy Brooks Koepka will get around to his golfing goals

Beach boy Brooks Koepka will get around to his golfing goals

Leishman will also be eager to tear into the Nine Bridges course after last year's heartbreak, when his victory hopes sunk in a water hazard on the second extra hole of a playoff against eventual victor Justin Thomas.

OVERNIGHT joint leader Shubhankar Sharma could not play his best golf on the final day, managing only an even par round to finish tied-10th at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday (14).

The 78-player field also includes the PGA Tour's 2017-18 player of the year Brooks Koepka, who won the US Open and PGA Championship last season, and major-winning Australian duo Adam Scott and Jason Day.

Fortunately for the stragglers the second of three PGA Tour events in three weeks in Asia does not have a cut.

Three more takeaways from Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

If the weather is mild, then this is a definite birdie fest.

"I made a few bad decisions on the course as the winds were swirling a lot, made some bad errors on the par threes (had a double on the par three seventh hole)".

"Yeah the greens have a lot of slope on them", Thomas said.

"The wind was blowing really hard all day long so you had to really start the ball well and keep it out of the wind", he said. "The greens are very big as well, so the slope can play a big factor and a big role in how you are going to play the course". You can't be too aggressive and short sight yourself or have the putt above the hole. Players and fans have argued the two-year, points-based ranking system doesn't showcase the world's best players in the most accurate order.

The young Indian finished tied for 10th at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on Sunday after entering the final round as the joint third-round leader but the disappointment was quickly forgotten when South African legend Ernie Els, who is captain of the worldwide team for the Presidents Cup, invited him for a nine-hole practice round here on Tuesday. On that disastrous fourth hole, Thomas four-putted from about 30 feet. I guess you can call it like caveman golf - you see the ball, hit the ball and go find it again.

"It's always good when you're in contention at a PGA Tour event and I've been lucky enough to be in contention twice this year, leading off the three days in both the tournaments. I'm going to really have to be on the top of my game and hit quality shots", said the five-time PGA TOUR victor.

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