Ace golfer Shubhankar Sharma keen to win the CIMB Classic

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

The 25-year old major victor picked up another accolade on Tuesday after winning the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Award for the most prize money on tour in 2017/18 with $8,694,821 - the second year in a row he has claimed it. While he is winless this year, he has five top-10 finishes.

The field is 78 players comprising Top-60 available from 2017-18 FedExCup going to a floor of 125th position plus Top-10 available from Asian Tour's Order of Merit list as on October 8 2018 plus eight sponsor spots.

Three players have won the event since it came onto the PGA Tour.

The field includes Gaganjeet Bhullar, apart from Shubhankar Sharma and Rahil Gangjee. Seventeen of the world's top 50 players are teeing it up, including Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Paul Casey, Marc Leishman, Keegan Bradley, Louis Oosthuizen and Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the full CIMB Classic projected leaderboard from the model that nailed the winners of four golf majors and was all over Ryan Moore's run last week.

He also won the Malaysian Open on the same golf course in 2015, his first win on the European Tour.

The 23-year-old said the wins at the Macau Qinhuangdao Championships is opening "incredible" doors and opportunities for him having only joined the paying ranks in January this year, just weeks after representing New Zealand at the Asian Pacific Amateur Champs. "I could have made some more - I didn't putt as well as I did past year obviously". I'm really happy that I'm part of this event and looking forward to it.

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"I haven't really thought about anything or set any goals. I think I've got enough experience to playing against the world-class players to do so". That will be the number one goal for now.

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However, it's going to be interesting for all of us, as we will play on the upgraded course for the first time and I'm told the fairways and greens are going to be a lot firmer now, which will be an interesting test to what we've faced over the last few years.

Perez cruised to victory at last year's tournament thanks to a score of 24-under par.

The CIMB Classic is the first of three PGA Tour events in Asia.

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