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Shubhankar Sharma makes solid start with 5-under 67 at CIMB Classic

13 October 2018

He likes his chances of beating 2017 champion Pat Perez, Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley and 2013 and 2014 victor Ryan Moore, who are among the starters in the CIMB field this week.

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

Now a nine-time PGA TOUR victor, a major champion and even a World No. 1 for a brief period in May, Thomas looked back at how the early wins in Malaysia provided the launchpad to his blossoming career.

Two-time tournament victor, Justin Thomas, is the 5/1 favourite to win the CIMB Classic, followed by another dual champion in Ryan Moore, who can be backed at 12/1 (six places paid this week).

New Zealand's Danny Lee had the first ace of the 2018-19 season by holing out on the par-3 fourth hole. In the DRAFT lobby, you will find me in the six-man and eight-man contests, which payout to the top two spots. There are basically no more low-tier players available according to projections, so this format should be just as easy to follow.

As you know, I had my shoulder surgery in 2016 and then I received a sponsor's exemption to play in the tournament later that year and while I didn't win then, it gave me the confidence that I needed in my comeback and I subsequently won in Mayakoba (the only PGA TOUR tournament held in Mexico).

Apart from Shubhankar, his three other compatriot - Gaganjeet Bhullar, Rahil Gangjee and Anirban Lahiri - are also taking part in this tournament.

"I drove it well and I putted pretty good, so it was kind of boring golf, but that's always a good thing, " Burgoon said.

Moore is a two-time victor of this event as well, last winning in 2014.

"A lot of good players at the top of the leaderboard".

This proprietary computer model was also all over Moore's strong performance at the Safeway Open last week.

"I played this course many times with Gavin before the renovations and after today's practice round I feel there's isn't much difference; just a few changes here and there".

Already a two-time global team member, Lahiri is keen ensure he makes the Presidents Cup again for December, 2019 under the captaincy of Ernie Els who is also in the field this week. Any Presidents Cup is special, but this time we're going to be playing on home ground, on home turf rather, and I think it's going to be different.

Smith finished last season with seven top-10 finishes, including back-to-back top-five finishes at the first two FedEx Cup Playoff events, the Northern Trust and Dell Technologies Championship.

Shubhankar Sharma makes solid start with 5-under 67 at CIMB Classic