Current Asian Tour number one Gavin Green of Malaysia knows he has to stay focused and bring his ‘A’ game to the CIMB Classic when it begins at the TPC Kuala Lumpuron Thursday.
With the prize money from the lucrative US$7 million event counting towards the Order of Merit, Green is bidding to extend his lead atop the Merit ranking and become the first Malaysian to win the accolade.
Green will spearhead the Asian Tour challenge with the leading 10 available players from the Order of Merit coming up against a star-studded line-up that features Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Justin Thomas, who are ranked inside the top-five on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
Having been dislodged from the top of the money list since Green’s breakthrough in Chinese Taipei earlier this month, Australia’s Scott Hend is determined to reclaim his position with another strong performance.
The big-hitting Australian believes the merit battle will go down the wire with the quality and depth of the leading contenders.