10. Brandt Snedeker
Sneds left Silverado wounded last week, squandering a three-stroke 54-hole lead and being the first eliminated from the three-man playoff.
Sunday aside, Snedeker was tremendous overall at the Safeway, leading the field in birdies. Had he been able to hold onto his late lead, it would have been his second victory in a span of four events, as he left the field in his wake at August’s Wyndham Championship.
This will be his event debut, but he can score and is in his best form in years. He is unlikely to appear out of place in Kuala Lumpur.
Field Rank: 14th
Last Six: 2, 67, 31, 1, 42, 8
9. Gary Woodland
One of the biggest bombers in the world of golf, the 32-year-old Kansas product, was fourth on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: off-the-tee last year.
After winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, Woodland imploded over his next 14 events, but regained form in time to contend at the PGA Championship, finishing T6, and then playing mostly well during the FedExCup Playoffs.
The real lure of Woodland this week, however, is his history in this event, where he took runner-up honors to Ryan Moore in both 2014 and 2015. He was T28 last year, but did open with a 6-under 66. He is very long, and he hits greens, an excellent combination for this course.
Field Rank: 12th
Last Six: 11, 12, 24, 48, 6, 17
8. Paul Casey
Typically a top-10 machine, Casey posted his first in four tries in last year’s CIMB, placing T7 despite opening with a 5-over 77. If he can avoid a round like that this week, he is one of the best bets in the field.
His game appeared be in shambles after squandering a large late at June’s Travelers Championship, but appears to have come back around after a T11 at the Tour Championship, and looking good at the Ryder Cup, going 1-1-1 in three matches, including an important halve in Sunday Singles against two-time 2018 major champion Brooks Koepka.
Only Justin Thomas had a better scoring average last year among this year’s field members.
Field Rank: 3rd
Last Six: 11, WD, 21, 60, MC, 31
7. Keegan Bradley
He still cannot really putt, but Bradley’s game seems to translate well to TPC Kuala Lumpur, as he finished solo runner-up last season (posting a bogey-free weekend), and solo-6th the year prior, going a combined 36-under-par in those two events.
The shotmaker extraordinaire was among those who ended long winning droughts this past season, as a victory at last month’s BMW Championship was his first since 2012. Bradley was second on Tour last year in strokes gained: approach-the-green.
World Rank: 31st
Field Rank: 7th
Last Six: 26, 1, 49, 34, 42, 4
6. Ryan Moore
The 2014 and 2015 CIMB Champion, Moore clearly has a game that fits this course, also posting top 20 finishes in 2016 (T10) and 2017 (T17). His past season was largely hit-or-miss, and probably underwhelming by his standards, but Moore is coming into this event off the strength of a runner-up at the Safeway Open, where he took Kevin Tway to three playoff holes.
Moore led the Silverado field in driving accuracy, while also placing T2 in greens in regulation. His putting was a disaster this past season, but after three great putting rounds last week, he could be gaining confidence.
World Rank: 61st
Field Rank: 20th
Last Six: 2, 71, MC, 6, 59, 12
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