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  • THE WEEKLY BEAR TRAP - Course Review for the CIMB Classic 2019





    JAYALGER’S WEEKLY BEAR TRAP

    “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”– Vince Lombardi

    COURSE PREVIEW FOR THE CIMB CLASSIC 2019

    The Course - TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    We now fly to Southeast Asia for the CIMB Classic. It is a co-sanctioned event by the PGA Tour and the Asian Tour and has been held at TPC Kuala Lumpur since 2013. TPC Kuala Lumpur is a gorgeous par-72, 7005 yard course with four par 3s and four par 5s. In 2018, this course was ranked among Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses (78th) and among the Top 100 Platinum Golf and Country Clubs of the World.

    Hole breakdown is as follows:

    Par 3 4
    Par 4 <400 4
    Par 4 400-450 4
    Par 4 450-500 2
    Par 4 >500 0
    Par 5 4
    Total 18


    Course Data (2018)




    Course Stats
    • Par 72
    • 7,005 yards
    • Architect - Nelson Howarth (1991), Parslow & Winter Golf Design (2007 and 2017 redesigns)
    • Fairways - Celebration Bermudagrass (easier than average to hit, ~66%)
    • Greens - TifEagle Bermudagrass (Stimpmeter - 12)
    • GIR ~71% (easier than avg)



    Few Observed Stat Trends (based on 2018 data)
    • With the changes to the green surfaces, we will have to consider these stat trends with a grain of salt.
    • All of the par 5s (holes No. 3, 5, 10, 18) range from 503 to 634 yards in length, but they are the easiest holes on the course. Birdie rates are 46.79%, 46.47%, 38.14% and 32.69%, respectively. These four holes combined for 1.525 strokes under par on average last year. Furthermore, 34 of the 41 eagles (82.9%) scored last year came on these holes. Needless to say, scoring on the par 5s is essential.
    • The three-hole stretch of holes 11 through 13 were the three most difficult holes on the course. Obviously, all of the holes played over par last year and combined for 0.602 strokes over par. There were 235 bogeys or worse on these holes or 25.1% of all shots resulted in a bogey or worse. Conversely, only 10% of shots last year resulted in a birdie. Par is a good score here.
    • Overall, the course played 1.337 strokes under par last year with the front nine playing almost a full stroke easier than the back nine.

    Featured Holes
    • Hole No. 11 - Par 3, 226 yards



    Hole 11 is the longest of the par 3s and plays over a large lake that abuts the front of the green. There is a bailout area to the left of the green and a bunker protecting the right. The green is severely undulating and tiered making for difficult putts. This was the second toughest hole on the course playing 0.192 strokes over par on average with 23% of shots resulting in a bogey or worse. Par will be a good score here.
    • Hole No. 13 - Par 4, 439 yards



    Hole No. 13 is long and uphill to an elevated green. The is narrow from front to back with bunkers on both sides of this undulated and tiered green. This was the toughest hole on the course last year playing 0.231 strokes over par on average. There were 3x as many bogeys or worse compared to the number of birdies (75 vs. 27). Just like hole 11, par is a good score.

    Closing Hole - Par 5, 634 yards



    This closing par 5 was the easiest hole on the course last year with a birdie rate of 32.69%, and it played 0.237 strokes under par. This long par 5 will need three shots for most golfers, and they will need to avoid the bunkers that are staggered along the fairway. The green is well protected by surrounding bunkers, a false front, and an undulating green. Despite these challenges, golfers have usually done well on this hole and can make or break winning the tournament.


    Stay tuned for my Picks.





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