Sharma leads India's largest contingent at CIMB Classic

  • Sharma leads India's largest contingent at CIMB Classic

Sharma leads India's largest contingent at CIMB Classic

Voke has won back-to-back tournaments on the PGA Tour of China and in his first year as a pro, has already climbed 1600 places in the world.

Two-time champion and former world number one Justin Thomas, and fellow Ryder Cup player Paul Casey, headline the $7 million tournament along with defending title-holder Pat Perez.

He also won the Malaysian Open on the same golf course in 2015, his first win on the European Tour. However, he has failed to finish inside the top 20 in 10 of his past 11 starts on the PGA Tour. It's monsoon season out there - good idea hosting a golf event there then! - and lo and behold the downpours have arrived. The greens are fantastic.

On Sunday, we saw not one but two supremely gifted golfers throw away titles in a gale that could knock the eyebrows off you if you turned your head too quickly.

"My goal is to be in the top-60 in the FedExCup points, and keep the card as long as I can, same as my good friend Anirban (Lahiri). I think I've got enough experience from playing against the world-class players to do so".

India's Shubhankar Sharma said he was hoping to upset the odds at this week's CIMB Classic as he hunts the Asian merit crown along with his PGA Tour card.

Perez picked up more than half - 56 percent - of his FedEx Cup points from the three tournaments in Asia past year which also included stops in South Korea and Shanghai.

"No doubt very, very important", said Sharma, who came to worldwide prominence with his tied-ninth finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship where he led after the second and third rounds. "Obviously all three events are big events". I'm really happy that I'm part of this event and looking forward to it. You have some of the best players in the world playing. "They're all PGA TOUR events", said Sharma, 22. If I just play well in these three events and have consistent finishes, I'll get off to a very good start and obviously help my world ranking. "I feel like this start will really help me next year securing my card (on the PGA TOUR)".

According to the latest oddsmakers, Justin Thomas is heavily favored to win, as he has 9/2 odds to prevail. Malaysia's Kim Leun Kwang and Ben Leong will fly the local flag. He added two birdies and four pars to the eagle, but lost a shot with a bogey on the seventh to sit four-under after nine holes.

In just three starts on the Chinese tour, Voke is third on the order or merit and with two tournaments left in the schedule, is almost assured a place on the Web.Com Tour next year in the US.