Late Bloomer Perez Wins CIMB Classic To Cap Third PGA Tour Title

Late Bloomer Perez Wins CIMB Classic To Cap Third PGA Tour Title

Late Bloomer Perez Wins CIMB Classic To Cap Third PGA Tour Title

Entering Sunday with a four-shot lead, the American fired a three-under 69 to finish on a stunning 24 under par for the week.

Perez overcame compatriot Keegan Bradley who trailed by four strokes after carding 20-under-par 268.

Smith struggled during his second round of 71 and slipped down to joint-third with South Korean Sung Kang (68) and Belgian Thomas Pieters (67).

"I've really come to really like Kuala Lumpur", Bradley said. "I'm still not going to work out, I'm still going to have a bad diet and I'm going to enjoy myself", Perez said after his win. I'm really not going to change anything. I'm going to work hard and I'm just going to - I'm just taking it a day at a time, I really am.

Overnight leader Perez, who broke a seven-year win drought at the OHL Classic in Mexico last November, was on a 21-under total of 195, four ahead of fellow American Xander Schauffele on a steamy day at the TPC Kuala Lumpur.


The late-blooming Perez rolled in four birdies in the front nine, and with none of his nearest challenges making a charge, he coasted to victory with 10 straight pars.

The burly American shrugged off the bogey with consecutive birdies from the 14th to the 16th and rolled in another on the last hole to cap another putting masterclass at the US$7 million (S$9.45 million) tournament co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGA Tour.

Paul Casey completed his recovery from an opening-round 77 by posting a seven-under 65, finishing tied for seventh.

US PGA champion Justin Thomas, victor of the event for the past two years, followed his opening round 70 with a 71 to lie three under and in a tie for 33rd.

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