CIMB Classic: Justin Thomas three off early lead in Malaysia
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 13/10/18 5:30pm
Justin Thomas birdied four of his final five holes to get within three shots of the lead after the opening round of the CIMB Classic.
Thomas - a two-time winner of the event - produced a fast finish to card a six-under 66 in Malaysia and move into a share of sixth spot, as Bronson Burgoon grabbed the early advantage.
Burgoon posted a nine-under 63 to hold a one-shot lead over fellow American Austin Cook, with Scott Piercy, Billy Horschel and C.T Pan a further stroke back in tied-third.
"Not having my best stuff and getting around here in six under is huge," Thomas said. "I just didn't take advantage of a couple opportunities and let a couple go, but kind of found something there those last five holes and was able to at least make a good round."
Burgoon made a slow start and bogeyed the 13th - his fourth hole of the day - but mixed eight birdies with a chip-in eagle on a day where 55 of the 78-man field broke par.
Thomas is in a group of eight players on six under that includes Paul Casey and Louis Oosthuizen, while defending champion Pat Perez is seven off the pace after a two-under 70.
Danny Lee fired the first hole-in-one of the new season on his way to an opening-round 69, nailing his tee shot at the 145-yard fourth hole with a nine-iron.
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