Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Golf Channel Notes: Stenson, Matsuyama Headline the Field at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR shifts to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic, with a field of 78 players competing in a 72-hole no-cut event. Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia headline the field.

CIMB Classic
Dates: Oct. 29-Nov. 1
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (West Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
- Wednesday 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 2-6 p.m. (Thursday replay)
- Thursday 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 1-5 p.m. (Friday replay)
- Friday 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 1-5 p.m. (Saturday replay)
- Saturday 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / Noon-4 p.m. (Sunday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Tournament format: The field consists of 78 players including 60 players from the 2014-15 FedExCup standings, 10 from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, and eight sponsor’s exemptions, competing in a 72-hole no-cut format.

Moore defends: Ryan Moore won by three strokes over Gary Woodland, Kevin Na and Sergio Garcia to successfully defend his 2013 title.

Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Patrick Reed, Anirban Lahiri, Daniel Berger, Justin Thomas, Branden Grace and Kevin Na.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
- Play by Play: Steve Sands
- Analyst: Frank Nobilo
- Tower: Phil Blackmar / Dom Boulet
- On-Course: Arron Oberholser

The European Tour kicks off the first of four events in its Final Series, as World No. 3 Rory McIlroy leads the field at the top of the current Race to Dubai standings. Each of the four events features a field of 60-78 players with no cut, totaling a combined purse of $30.5 million.

The Champions Tour stages its final event of the season prior to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week, with three players still in the running to win the Charles Schwab Cup: Colin Montgomerie (No. 1); Jeff Maggert (No.2, trailing Montgomerie by 39 points); and Bernhard Langer (No. 3, trailing Montgomerie by 66 points).

The LPGA Tour is in China for the Blue Bay LPGA, as Lydia Ko makes her first start since returning to No.1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

And the inaugural East Lake Cup gets underway on Monday, Nov. 2, a collegiate match play championship featuring the four semifinalist teams from the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf Championships. The semifinals are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2 and the finals and consolation matches will be contested on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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