PGA Tour
PGA - CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, October 28th through Sunday, October 31st
SITE: The Mines Resort & Golf Club (Crane and Eagle nines), Selangor, Malaysia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Jr (1994)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,953
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 363 yds10 - Par 4 454 yds
2 - Par 3 170 yds11 - Par 5 557 yds
3 - Par 5 527 yds12 - Par 4 476 yds
4 - Par 4 475 yds13 - Par 4 422 yds
5 - Par 4 446 yds14 - Par 3 194 yds
6 - Par 4 371 yds15 - Par 4 292 yds
7 - Par 3 190 yds16 - Par 3 185 yds
8 - Par 4 411 yds17 - Par 5 523 yds
9 - Par 4 451 yds18 - Par 4 447 yds
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35 3,404 yds36 3,549 yds
 
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. (et)
Total Purse:  $6,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,000,000; 2nd Place - $575,000; 3rd Place - $450,000
 
Past CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
20101st Year of Event

Top Players in the Field
Robert Allenby5 top-10 finishes in 2010, World No. 22
K.J. Choi7 career PGA Tour wins, World No. 44
Tim ClarkWon PLAYERS Championship in May, World No. 32
Ben CraneWon Farmers Insurance Open in January, World No. 50
Luke Donald7 top-finishes on PGA Tour in 2010, World No. 8
Ernie ElsWon WGC-CA Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational
Rickie Fowler6 top-10 finishes in 2010, World No. 31
Retief Goosen9 top-10 finishes in 2010, World No. 17
Bill HaasWon Bob Hope Classic and Viking Classic
J.B. Holmes2 career PGA Tour wins, 8 top-15 finishes in 2010
Martin LairdT-2 last week at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Ryan Moore6 top-10 finishes in 2010, World No. 41
Ryan PalmerWon Sony Open in Hawaii in January
Carl PetterssonWon RBC Canadian Open in July
Adam ScottWon Texas Open in May, World No. 40
Heath SlocumWon McGladrey Classic in October
Y.E. YangWon 2009 PGA Championship, World No. 36

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - K.J. Choi
Darkhorse - Martin Laird
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Nick Watney) - Finished tied for 6th
Last week's Darkhorse (John Senden) - Finished tied for 11th
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour travels to Malaysia this week for the inaugural CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia at The Mines Resort & Golf Club. Eleven of the top 50 players in the world are competing this week: Luke Donald (8), Ernie Els (11), Retief Goosen (17), Robert Allenby (22), Rickie Fowler (31), Tim Clark (32), Y.E. Yang (36), Adam Scott (40), Ryan Moore (41), K.J. Choi (44) and Ben Crane (50). Donald is playing for the first time since helping Europe defeat the United States at the Ryder Cup.

This is the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event to be held in Southeast Asia. There are only 40 players in the field with no cut. They are competing for a $6 million prize purse, with the winner receiving $1 million. The field features the top 25 available players from the FedEx Cup standings, the top 10 available Asian players and five sponsor exemptions.

The tournament is being played at The Mines Resort & Golf Club, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in 1994. The course hosted the World Cup of Golf in 1999, won by Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara of the United States. It also staged the Malaysian Open in 2003, won by Arjun Atwal, who is in the field this week.

Next week, the top players in the world head to China for the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament, where Phil Mickelson will defend his title.

10/26 15:05:33 ET

As of October 26, 2010, at 03:05 PM ET