Kuala Lumpur – Bronson Burgoon came to all guns firing on Thursday at TPC Kuala Lumpur, outshone Justin Thomas and Paul Casey to take a shot lead in the opening round of $7 million CIMB Classic at 9-under 63. His round consisted of an eagle on the par-5 18th, eight birdies and a bogey on the par-4 13th.
At the revamped TPC Kuala Lumpur, the 31-year-old Burgoon chipped in for an eagle on the 18th hole, his ninth after starting from the 10 tee, and then added five birdies on his back nine.
“I drove it well and I putted pretty good, so it was kind of boring golf, but that’s always a good thing,” said the Texan.
He now leads with a shot over compatriot Austin Cook, followed by Chinese Taipei player C.T. Pan, Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy.
Defending champion Pat Perez stood T-35 with 2-under 70 for the day and will be an interesting pick for the win after looking at the past results where two players have won the CIMB Classic consecutively, viz., 2013-2014 Ryan Moore and 2015-2016 Justin Thomas. Interestingly, Perez climbed up top of the board in his 2017 win on Day 2 of the event, after replacing Australian Cameron Smith from the top spot.
Justin Thomas stands T-6 with a controlled 6-under 66 for the day consisting of eight birdies and two bogeys, five of the birdies came on his front nine. He is joined by Kevin Chappell, Joel Dahmen, Byeonghun An, Paul Casey, and Emiliano Grillo.
Indians at the event
Out of four Indians in the field, Shubhankar Sharma leads the Indian charge at the event with a promising five-under 67 for the day, where he kept his back nine blemish-free and added five birdies to that after a shaky start on the front where he had bogeys on the second and eighth holes, but came back with two balancing birdies for his round. Sharma currently stands T-14 as the best ranked Indian in the field.
Gaganjeet Bhullar, the Indian with the maximum win on the Asian Tour posted three-under 69 for the day and currently stands T-26 on the board.
Anirban Lahiri had a troubled day at the revamped TPC Kuala Lumpur where starting from the 10th tee, Lahiri posted two double bogeys by the 17th and added five birdies and a bogey, keeping him for T-56th with a level-par score for the day.
Playing in his first PGA TOUR event, Rahil Gangjee, who celebrated his 40th birthday last week finished last on the board with five-over 77 for the day.