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Power Rankings: CIMB Classic

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The Fall Series takes a break this week, but many of the game's best will head to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic. A field of 48 players will tee it up Thursday in an event co-sanctioned by the PGA and Asian Tours.

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Bo Van Pelt returns to Kuala Lumpur as the defending champion in this event. Here are 10 players to keep an eye on this week:

1. Jason Dufner: A runner-up last week in Australia, Dufner has had one of the most consistent seasons on Tour with 14 top-25 finishes in 22 starts. Currently ranks third in total driving, fourth in scoring average and fifth in birdie average.

2. Tiger Woods: Playing in Malaysia for the first time since 1999, Woods will take part in his first official event since ending the FedEx Cup playoffs with three straight top-10 finishes. His 68.9 stroke average ranks second on Tour.

3. Bo Van Pelt: The defending champ this week is coming off a win over Dufner in Perth last week. Van Pelt had top-10 showings last month at both Crooked Stick and East Lake, and ranks fourth on Tour in the all-around category.

4. Brendon de Jonge: Followed his runner-up finish in Vegas with a T-4 showing last week in Georgia. The Zimbabwean has missed only one cut since March and leads the Tour in total birdies.

5. Jeff Overton: A runner-up here last year, Overton set the course record with a second-round 62. He ranks second behind de Jonge in total birdies and has shot 70 or better in each of his last 12 competitive rounds.

6. Ben Crane: Followed up his 2010 CIMB win with a T-20 showing last year. Crane played his way from the cut line into contention last week with a Saturday 62 at Sea Island.

7. Scott Piercy: Playing for the first time since a final-round 64 vaulted him to a T-6 finish in Las Vegas. Among the longest hitters in the field, his aggressive style should benefit him this week.

8. Jimmy Walker: In the midst of a career year, Walker heads to Malaysia after a pair of top-10 finishes in Fall Series events. Finished in a tie for 13th in this event last year.

9. Marcus Fraser: Twice a runner-up this year in Europe, the Australian leads the European Tour in putts per GIR and ranks second in putts per round.

10. Chris Kirk: Made the cut in 10 consecutive starts, recording four top-25 finishes in the process. Currently ranks ninth on Tour in par-4 performance and carded a bogey-free 65 here last year en route to a T-13 finish.