Moore, Woodland resume battle at CIMB in Malaysia


Ryan Moore and Gary Woodland have been nearly inseperable over the last two years at the CIMB Classic, and the two will once again spend some time together this week in Malaysia. Here are five early-round groups to keep an eye on as 78 players vie for the title at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (all times ET):

Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Anirban Lahiri: 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, 9:15 p.m. Thursday

This group will reunite a pair of Presidents Cup teammates in Matsuyama and Lahiri, as the latter gets back to work after missing a decisive short putt on the final hole of his singles match. Matsuyama finished T-17 in Napa earlier this month, while Garcia is teeing it up for the first time since the BMW Championship in an event where he finished T-2 a year ago.

Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Ernie Els8:25 p.m. Wednesday, 9:25 p.m. Thursday

Reed played last week on the European Tour, finishing T-3 in Hong Kong. He'll be joined by Scott, whose putting woes continue as the ban on anchoring draws near, and Els, who surprisingly missed the FedEx Cup Playoffs and hasn't teed it up on the PGA Tour since the Wyndham Championship in August.

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Daniel Berger, Justin Thomas, Cameron Smith: 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, 9:35 p.m. Thursday

The two best rookies from last season will play together, as Berger edged out Thomas for Rookie of the Year honors after qualifying for the Tour Championship. Thomas nearly won in his first start of the new season, finishing T-3 at the Open, while Berger finished T-17. They'll be joined by Smith, whose breakthrough season included a T-5 finish in Malaysia and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open.

Ryan Moore, Gary Woodland, Danny Chia: 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. Thursday

Moore edged Woodland for the title at this event in 2013, then the exacta was duplicated last year when Moore and Woodland again finished 1-2. They'll play the first two rounds together as Moore goes for three in a row, while Malaysia's Chia will round out the threesome after qualifying for this event as one of the top players on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit.

Danny Lee, Henrik Stenson, Keegan Bradley9:25 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Thursday

Stenson is making his first start since the Tour Championship, when he closed the FedEx Cup Playoffs with three runner-up finishes in a four-event stretch. He'll be joined by Lee, whose marathon season included his first win at The Greenbrier and a trip to the Presidents Cup, and Bradley, who missed the cut last week in Las Vegas and is still in search of his first win since August 2012.