Pat Perez Takes CIMB Classic, Earns Masters Berth

Pat Perez fired a final-round 69 to win the CIMB Classic by four strokes over Keegan Bradley on Sunday at TPC Kual Lumpur.

Its his first title since February of 2016. He finished at 24-under with a 264 in order to win $1.26 million and 500 FedEx Cup points, not to mention a berth in the 2018 Masters.

“Unreal. I think I’m the last guy that expected to win this week, to be honest with you. I did not think I was going to win this week,” Perez said. “I really can’t explain it. It’s been an amazing 12 months. I can’t explain it, but I hope it continues.”

Recovering from a shoulder injury for much of 2017, Perez says the CIMB Classic will be an annual event for him going forward.

“I’ll be here every year. Every year of the tournament, I’ll be here,” he said. “It’s been very good to me. The tournament’s been fantastic.”

PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele was in second place entering the day, but struggled with four bogeys and wound up tied for third, seven strokes off the pace.

PGA Player of the Year Justin Thomas, the tournament’s two-time defending champion, was never in contention and wound up tied for 17th.

“I was definitely low on gas. It’s been a great but long year, for sure,” Thomas said.

The PGA Tour will introduce its first event in Korea next week with the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges October 19-22. The field includes Jason Day, Ernie Els, Marc Leishman, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott and Justin Thomas

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