Woods paired with Fraser at CIMB Classic

By Will GrayOctober 24, 2012, 3:45 pm

Playing in Malaysia for the first time since 1999, Tiger Woods will be paired with Australian Marcus Fraser in the first round of the CIMB Classic from The Mines Resort & Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur. Click here for a full list of tee times, but below are a few pairings to keep an eye on for Thursday's opening round which, with the time difference, will begin Wednesday night for American viewers:

Notable tee times (all times are Wednesday ET):

7:50 p.m.: Kevin Na, Pat Perez

While slow play should not be an issue with a 48-player field, placing Na in the opening twosome Wednesday night/Thursday morning (Malaysia is 12 hours ahead of ET) certainly won't help the pace. Perez will be playing in this event for the first time, while Na finished T-21 at The Mines Resort in 2010.

9:00 p.m.: Jeff Overton, Danny Chia

A runner-up last year to Bo Van Pelt, Overton holds the tournament course record here with a 9-under 62. In 2002, Chia became the first Malaysian to win on the Asian Tour and remains the only Malaysian to make the cut at the British Open, finishing T-55 at St. Andrews in 2010.

9:50 p.m.: Kevin Stadler, Ben Crane

Likely the pairing featuring the least amount of hair in the opening round. Crane won this event in 2010, finished T-20 in defense of his title last year and enters off a Saturday 62 at last week's McGladrey Classic. Stadler will be making his first appearance in the event, having finished T-30 at the JT Shriners in his lone Fall Series start since a solid run through the FedEx Cup playoffs.

11:10 p.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Thaworn Wiratchant

A winner here by six strokes last year, Van Pelt enters the week with additional momentum based on his victory last week at the Perth International over Jason Dufner. Wiratchant also won last week - defeating Richie Ramsay in a playoff at the Hero Indian Open - and the 45-year-old is poised this year to become the oldest man to ever claim the Order of Merit title on the Asian Tour.

11:40 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Marcus Fraser

The day's final pairing includes the field's brightest star. Woods will be playing in his first official stroke-play event since the Tour Championship, while his playing partner Fraser tees it up for the first time since the KLM Open six weeks ago. The Australian was twice a runner-up on the European Tour this season, most recently at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland last month.

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Thomas: Winning hometown Honda would 'mean a lot'

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:53 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas is trying to join Rickie Fowler as a winner of his hometown event.

Thomas will play in the final group alongside Luke List on Sunday at the Honda Classic after matching the low round of the week with a 5-under 65. He is at 6-under 204, one shot back of List.

The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year is one of several residents of nearby Jupiter. After Fowler won last year, Thomas (who missed the cut) returned to the course to congratulate his neighbor on his fourth Tour title.

“I hope I give him the opportunity or the choice to come back,” Thomas said. “But I’ve got a lot of golf in front of me before I worry about him coming here.”

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More important to Thomas, however, is winning this event, which is played at PGA National, one of the most difficult non-major courses on Tour.

“It would mean a lot,” he said. “It means a lot to win any golf tournament, but it would mean more because of how prestigious this golf tournament is and the list of winners that have won this event, how strong of a field it is, how difficult of a golf course.

“A decent number of my wins have been on easier golf courses, so it would be cool to get it done at a place like this.”

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Woods paired with hotshot rookie Burns at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:38 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rookie Sam Burns will be in the biggest spot of his career Sunday – playing alongside Tiger Woods.

Burns, the reigning Nicklaus Award winner who turned pro after two standout years at LSU, will go off with Woods at 12:45 p.m. at the Honda Classic.

Burns, 20, who earned his Web.com Tour card via Q-School, is playing this week on a sponsor exemption, his fourth of the season. He is 13th on the Web.com money list this year, after a tie for second two weeks ago in Colombia.

Burns and Woods are tied for 11th, at even-par 210.

Sunday is an important round for Burns, who can earn a spot into the Valspar Championship with a top-10 finish here.

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List leads Honda; Thomas one back

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 11:25 pm

Luke List, one of a legion of PGA Tour players who live in Jupiter, just two exits up I-95 from PGA National, shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Honda Classic. Here's how things stand going into the final round at PGA National:

Leaderboard: Luke List (-7), Justin Thomas (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Tommy Fleetwood (-5), Jamie Lovemark (-5), Alex Noren (-4) 

What it means: Leader List has played well this season, with no finish lower than T-26 in six starts. Thomas, of course, is the reigning Player of the Year. The next best pedigree among the leaders belongs to Simpson, winner of the 2012 U.S. Open and three other PGA Tour titles.

Round of the day: Thomas and Noren both shot 5-under 65s. Thomas made two of his six birdies in the Bear Trap (at the par 3s, Nos. holes 15 and17), while Noren played that stretch (15-17) in 1 over. Noren made his hay elsewhere, including an eagle at the last that canceled out his two bogeys.

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Best of the rest: List, Simpson and Kelly Kraft all shot 66.

Biggest disappointment: After an opening 76, Jimmy Walker probably thought he was back on track with a 68 that allowed him to make the cut. Alas, the improvement was temporary, as he ballooned back to a 74 on Saturday.

Shot of the day: Tommy Fleetwood hit a fairway wood from 282 yards to within 8 feet of the cup on the 18th hole. He then made the putt for his second eagle of the day.

Quote of the day: "The course played a fair bit easier with not as much wind." - Thomas

Biggest storyline going into Sunday: List may be in the lead, but most eyes will be on Thomas, a five-time winner last year who has yet to lift a trophy in 2018. And of course, more than a few people will be keeping tabs on Tiger Woods. He'll begin the day seven shots back, trying to channel Tiger of 2012 - when he posted a 62 on Sunday at PGA National (which was good only for a runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy).

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Dufner wears "BOSS" hat while playing with Tiger

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:20 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Jason Dufner doesn’t have a hat sponsor this year, freeing him up to wear whatever lid he wants.

That’s why he’s already worn caps with camouflage, American flags and The Notorious B.I.G.’s face.

He saved his most audacious look for Saturday at the Honda Classic – a blue cap with “BOSS” and five gold stars on the front.

“Perfect time,” Dufner said with a smile, “playing with Tiger (Woods).”

And where did he find the cap, which generated plenty of buzz on social media?

At Rickie Fowler’s house, of course.

“There’s not much behind it,” Dufner said. “I don’t have a sponsorship this year, so I’m doing whatever I want to do. This one was laying in Rickie’s house last night, so I grabbed it.”