You Oughta Know: Thomas, Steele share CIMB lead


A Sunday shootout looms in steamy Malaysia. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the CIMB Classic, where Justin Thomas and Brendan Steele share the lead:

• Thomas led by one after 36 holes, and he retained a share of the lead with a birdie-birdie finish. After a promising rookie season, Thomas finished T-3 at the Open and is in search of his first career win.

• Thomas' lone prior 54-hole co-lead came at the Humana Challenge in January, when he finished T-7 after a final-round 69.

• At 22, Thomas hopes to continue the youth movement that has captured the Tour during this wraparound season. Emiliano Grillo and Smylie Kaufman, both 23, won the first two events in Napa and Las Vegas, respectively.

• Steele shot a third-round 66, and he is looking for his first win since the 2011 Valero Texas Open.

• This is the fourth time Steele has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead. The most recent instance came two weeks ago in Napa, where he struggled to a final-round 76 and finished T-17.

• In the event's brief five-year history, the winner has held a share of the 54-hole lead every year except 2012, when Nick Watney won after starting the final round T-7.

• Kevin Na sits alone in third place at 19 under, one shot behind Thomas and Steele. He lost in a playoff at the Open, then followed that last week with a T-2 finish in Las Vegas.

• Na finished T-2 at this event last year, and he won in Malaysia on the Asian Tour in 2002 en route to winning Rookie of the Year honors at age 19.

• The group at 17 under, three shots back includes James Hahn. After his surprise playoff win at Riviera, Hahn's lone top-10 finish came at The Greenbrier Classic, where he finished T-6.

• Hideki Matsuyama is also tied with Hahn at 17 under. Matsuyama has 15 top-25 finishes in his last 18 starts dating back to last season, but his lone win came at the 2014 Memorial in a playoff over Na.

• Using a conventional-length putter and a claw grip, Adam Scott has shot back-to-back rounds of 66. At 14 under, he is tied for eighth and trails by four shots.

• Two-time defending champ Ryan Moore is tied for 10th, six shots off the lead. Should he win, he would become the first player to win the same PGA Tour event three years in a row since Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic from 2009-2011.