TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The tour swings all the way over to Malaysia for an Asian Tour co-sanctioned event at The West Course at TPC Kuala Lumpur. The field consists of 78 players selected from the top 60 in FedEx Standings, the top 10 in the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, and the rest from exemptions and local pros.
The course this week is among the easiest the players will face this season and the winning aggregate should be south of 20 under. The West Course plays as a 7,005-yard, par 72 and features wide fairways, a few reachable par 4s, some water in play, and significant elevation changes. Another important note for this year is that the 2018 course changes included the change from paspalum grass to TifEagle Bermuda. That change has been implemented coursewide and that change, in part, was to help with the green run-off areas.
As for weather it will be hot and wet. Joy Chakravarty tweeted a short video last night of torrential rain in Kuala Lumpur, so the greens should be super receptive and allow the players to just throw darts at pins all day.
When selecting players this week, I’ll be looking at current form, course history, SG:Approach, and Birdie or Better Percentage.
2017 -24 Pat Perez (Runner Up : -20 Keegan Bradley)
2016 -23 Justin Thomas (Runner Up: -20 Hideki Matsuyama)
2015 -26 Justin Thomas (Runner Up: -25 Adam Scott)
2014 -17 Ryan Moore (Runners Up: -14 Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland)