De Jonge heads to Malaysia

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge joins the rest of the PGA Tour leading contenders in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, for the Cimb Classic set to tee off today.

Ten of the 2012 winners on the tour including Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner and Nick Watney will all be at the MINES Resort and Golf Club.

De Jonge goes into this tournament after his fourth place finish at the McGladrey Classic in Georgia last week.

The Zimbabwean fired rounds of 66-69-68-65 to finish on 12-under 268 tied with tournament host Davis Love III and D.J. Trahan Jr.

With no cut in store for poor performers after two rounds, De Jonge can be sure of a certain pay-out in the $6,1 million event.

Former Zimbabwe Open champion Jbe Kruger of South Africa is also amongst the field in Kuala Lumpur.

Kruger, who had his maiden victory outside southern Africa when he won the Avantha Masters in India, is currently in third spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit behind Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant and Australian Marcus Fraser.

“I’ve won, but since then I’ve disappeared a little. I haven’t played that well the last part of the year, but I’m fighting back and I’m feeling probably better than ever for the rest of this year,” he said.
“There were a few things holding me back, but my coach and I worked on them a bit and things are starting to improve.”

Kruger is also joined by his fellow compatriot Trevor Immelman.

The Cimb Classic will be a difficult tournament as the field is made up of the who’s who on the PGA Tour.

Woods will make his first sanctioned appearance since the Medinah meltdown.

The former world No 1 made an appearance in Turkey this month at the unsanctioned match play event, knocking it around with some of the other top players in the globe.

But this will be his first start in a Tour event since the FedExCup, as he tries to fine tune his game in preparation for the 2013 season.

Woods is no stranger to making these appearances halfway around the world, and he is by far the most high-profile golfer in Kuala Lumpur this week.

He will also be the favourite as he will be after his fourth win of 2012 at The MINES Resort and Golf Club.

Dufner is also the other 2012 multi-win player that will be in contention for the win in Kuala Lumpur this week.

Dufner played in Perth last week at an Australian event and he continued his solid form with a second place finish.

He was one of the top performing Americans at Medinah and his accurate ball-striking makes him a contender on a weekly basis.

There are also plenty of other talented young golfers in the field trying to improve their stock for 2013, including Bill Haas, Watney, and Bo Van Pelt, who beat Dufner in Australia.

Van Pelt was outstanding in Perth when he edged out Dufner and is also the defending champion at the Cimb Classic.

Van Pelt is as consistent as they come, and he’s been repeatedly close to picking up a major over the past two years.


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