Now that the dust has settled from Europe’s emphatic win at the Ryder Cup, both the PGA and European Tour are hosting events for the golfing world to enjoy. The PGA tour jets off to Kuala Lumpur for the CIMB Classic whereas the European Tour is in the UK for the British Masters. Some of the worlds top ranked players have yet to tee off since Le Golf National but there is still a stellar cast on show this week at both events.
The British Masters returns today with Justin Rose the host selected for this years event. Rose has had a magnificent year, capping it off by winning both the FedEx Cup and the Ryder Cup as part of team Europe. He had a brief stint as World No.1 as well, fulfilling a life long goal and dream of his. Rose ended Day 1 on +2 leaving him currently in T70. Matt Wallace is currently leading the tournament on -5 so there is a lot of work ahead of Rose. Fleetwood and Molinari both tee off later in the day and will be hoping to rekindle some of the form that made them so formidable in the Ryder Cup. Last years winner Paul Dunne opened up with a solid -2 to give him a chance of retaining his title after a splendid performance last year to hold off a late McIlroy surge. Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington are both in the field to represent the Irish and both sit currently at +1. We will be hoping for a late Irish surge throughout the weekend so one of them can be crowned champion.
The first day of the CIMB Classic has come to a close with some very high scoring across the field. Burgoon leads at -9. As per usual, the Americans dominate the field with Oosthuizen and Paul Casey then both sitting on -6 and in a tie for 6th. Justin Thomas is also on -6 at the moment and has found memories of this tournament with it being his first win on the PGA tour. Leishman, Aphibarnrat and Schauffele are all in good position to maintain a challenge for the week between -4 and -3 respectively. Cabrera-Bello has had a very disappointing year for his standards and lies at +1 for his round. A lot of people had him picked to be representing Europe in the Ryder Cup but a dip in form all year long hampered his chances. You would expect the likes of Thomas to be in the hunt come Sunday especially with his knowledge of the course.