Kiradech aims for fast PGA Tour start

Paul Casey's highlights | Round 1 | CIMB 2018 2018

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). If he hangs on to win this week, he will have earned almost as much for winning this one tournament as he has in his entire PGA Tour career. Previous year I feel like I banged on the door a couple times. I've been playing Malaysia Open many times, especially on this course I'm playing so well and have a good record over here. I haven't been here for two, three years, I think. Coming back to Malaysia will be a good starting point, for sure.

The CIMB Classic is the first of three PGA Tour events in Asia. "My career started here and it's nice to be back home again", said Kiradech. The course suits my style of play and I just played beautifully. "I could have made some more - I didn't putt as well as I did previous year obviously".

"My goal is to be in the top 60 in the FedEx Cup standings, and keep the card as long as I can".

While Kiradech has his PGA TOUR card in hand for the 2018-19 Season, India's Shubhankar Sharma, who is in the field as one of the top-10 players from the Asian Tour, is eager to get his way to the world's premier circuit. He finished tied for 53rd at the Safeway Open last week.

Daily fantasy golf requires a new approach for each and every event. "I think I've got enough experience from playing against the world-class players to do so". This is not a course or a tournament where you're going to find much success playing any stretch of nine holes in 1 over. I'm really happy that I'm part of this event and looking forward to it.

"I feel like in my short career, this is my sixth year as a pro, but what I learned is that it's only when you are not playing well that you learn more about yourself".

Three players have won the event since it came onto the PGA Tour.

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 23-year-old said the wins at the Macau Qinhuangdao Championships is opening "incredible" doors and opportunities for him having only joined the paying ranks in January this year, just weeks after representing New Zealand at the Asian Pacific Amateur Champs.

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