CIMB Classic Golf Tournament Winners, Records

The CIMB Classic was a golf tournament in Malaysia that originated on the Asian Tour, then also became a PGA Tour tournament. It was the first official PGA Tour tournament played in Southeast Asia.

First played: 2010

Last played: 2018

The tournament was sanctioned by the Asian Tour and an unofficial event for PGA Tour players in 2010-12, but officially became sanctioned by the PGA Tour beginning in 2013. It was 72 holes and always played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The title sponsor, CIMB, is a major Asian bank.

The field was originally only 40 players; that expanded to 78 golfers by the end of the tournament's run. Most of those in the field were taken from the FedEx Cup standings, but about 20-percent of the field was reserved for Asian Tour golfers and sponsor exemptions.

The lowest winning stroke total was 261 by Bo Van Pelt in 2011, before the tournament was an official PGA Tour event. During the years it was a PGA Tour tournament, the record score was 262, recorded by both Justin Thomas and Marc Leishman. The largest margin of victory was five strokes by Leishman in the tournament's final edition.

And speaking of Justin Thomas, his first PGA Tour win was in the 2015 CIMB Classic. And his second PGA Tour win? The next year here, in 2016. Thomas is one of two two-time champions in the CIMB Classic, and like Thomas the other one — Ryan Moore — also won back-to-back.

The tournament's 18-hole record of 61 is shared by Thomas (2015) and Nick Watney (2012).

Also known as: The tournament was played under the name CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia in 2010-11.

Winners of the CIMB Classic Golf Tournament

2010 — Ben Crane, 266
2011 — Bo Van Pelt, 261
2012 — Nick Watney, 262
2013 — Ryan Moore, 274 (def. Gary Woodland in playoff)
2014 — Ryan Moore, 271
2015 — Justin Thomas, 262
2016 — Justin Thomas, 265
2017 — Pat Perez, 264
2018 — Marc Leishman, 262

Golf courses: When the tournament debuted in 2010, it was played at The Mines Resort & Golf Club. In 2013, it moved to Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, then in 2015 to TPC Kuala Lumpur.

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