Late bloomer Pat Perez cruises to four-stroke win in Malaysia

16 October, 2017, 06:51 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Pat Perez victorious again at the 2017 CIMB Classic

Pat Perez has opened up his lead at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur to four shots after firing an eight-under-par 64 in Friday's third round.

In the final round at the TPC Kuala Lumpur, Perez fired three consecutive birdies from the second hole before dropping a bogey at sixth but later recovered with another birdie at the eighth, while in his second-nine the 41-year-old parred the rest to maintain his lead.

But the Spaniard then lost his way as he started the back nine with three consecutive bogeys, and he could only par in from there to card a disappointing 69 which left him 11 shots adrift of the leader.

It helped that none of his rivals rose to the challenge, with nearest contender Xander Schauffele, the PGA Tour rookie of the year, bumbling through an even-par 72 to finish joint third with South Korea's Kang Sung.

But the 24-year-old regained his groove with birdies at the 16th, 17th and 18th holes to finish in a tie for fifth at 16 under, eight shots behind Perez.


US PGA Championship and FedEx Cup victor Justin Thomas, aiming to win the event for a third straight time, finished with a 67 and was tied for 17th.

"I'm not going to change anything". I've got my group of friends and I'm not going to change anything.

Thomas had another mixed round as five birdies were contrasted by two bogeys and a double bogey six on the 12th. It's kind of similar to this but obviously not as bad as this.

"I mean for the last two days, every time I made a birdie, he did, too", Bradley told reporters.

"I'll just go home, get some rest and tee it up tomorrow and do my very best. That's all I'm doing", he quipped. "This is a big event but there is no cut so I'm only feeling 50 per cent pressure".

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