Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Justin Thomas shot a course-record 11-under par 61 on Friday to take a one-shot lead after 36 holes of the 2015 CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And it could have been even better.

The 22-year old birdied the 14th and 15th holes to move to 11-under with three holes remaining, all potential birdie holes. So 59 was definitely within reach.

“I would say after I birdied 14, 15, I knew I just needed to get, I guess, two of my last three,” said Thomas following his round. “And then, I mean, they’re all pretty easy holes. They’re all wedge holes. So it was obviously unfortunate not to get that number (59), but I’m sure I’ll have many more chances in my career.”

Overall the Louisville, Kentucky native had 9 birdies and an eagle on the par 5, third hole in a bogey-free round on the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club course.

The low round gave Thomas a one-shot lead over Brendan Steele, who managed seven birdies and an eagle of his own in a round of 63. Both Thomas and Steele had opening nines of six-under par 30.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – American Scott Piercy got off to a fast start and never looked back. The San Diego State grad shot an opening round, 10 under par 62 to take a three-shot lead at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Piercy, a native of Las Vegas, birdied his first three holes on his way to opening nine 31 that features 5 birdies and no bogies. He added five more birdies without a bogey on the inward nine for a matching 31.

The leader is three shots clear of Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, he had eight birdies and a single bogey, on number 13, in his 7-under par 65. Five players are tied for third place after opening with 66 including Jason Gore, Alex Cejka, Cameron Smith, Charles Howell III and Keegan Bradley.

Defending Champion Off to Fast Start

Two time defending champion Ryan Moore and red-hot Kevin Na were in a group of eight players at 5-under par, 67. Moore, the winner of the event in 2013 and 2014 had six birdies and a single bogey in his round.  Na, coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Frys.com Open and the Shriners Open in Las Vegas, went bogey-free, capping his 67 with a birdie on the Par-5, 18th hole.

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Jason Day continues to hold down the number one spot in Razzball Fantasy Golf’s PGA Tour Hot Index after completion of the Shriners’ Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas.

The 27-year old Australian leads the index with 4,100 points, a 768 point lead over the number two ranked Henrik Stenson of Sweden. 2015 FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth is third in the rankings.

Kevin Na and Jason Bohn moved into the top 10 after back-to-back Top three finishes at the Shriners and Frys.com Open. Na is seventh in the rankings, while Bohn moves into the 10th spot.

Shriners’ Hospital for Children Open champion, Smylie Kaufmann, moves up to number 13 after a second consecutive Top 10 finish.

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The race for the 2015-2016 FedEx Cup continues in Malaysia this week, with the playing of the 2015 CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

The field for the $7,000,000, third leg of the year-long championship features a solid field of professionals, but only one player who ranks in the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) entering play this week.

The 78 players in the field will be trying to get a jump on the superstars of the game, earning some valuable points that could translate into a visit to East Lake for the Tour Championship in late September.

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