Quick hits from Thursday at the CIMB Classic

Top quote - Xander Schauffele

"I was supposed to make a list of goals before I came out here and I failed to do so, which might be a good thing." the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year told Golf Channel after his opening-round 65.

Best round - Cameron Smith

Smith earned the first-round lead with a blemish-free 64, carding eight birdies and 10 pars in his round. The 24-year-old Aussie won his first PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic with Jonas Blixt, but has made just three cuts since hoisting the trophy in April.

Stat Round 1
Fairways hit 12/14
Greens hit 16/18
Putts per GIR 1.5

Shot of the day - Kevin Na

After back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15, Na holed out for eagle at the short par-4 16th en route a 6-under-par 66.

Now this is how you take the lead! ๐Ÿฆ…

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Biggest disappointment - Graham DeLaet

The Canuck registered a great result last week at the Safeway Open, finishing in a tie for fifth, but struggled on Day 1 in Malaysia. DeLaet stumbled to a front-nine 40 en route to a 5-over-par 77, and sits in a tie for 72nd place.

Stat - Perfect for Brendan Steele

Last week's winner found all 18 greens in regulation, and has missed just 15 greens in five competitive rounds this season.

Friday's storyline

  • Justin Thomas looks to rebound from a mediocre first-round 70 at TPC Kuala Lumpur. The PGA Tour Player of the Year is the defending champion and seeking to win the event for the third year in a row, but is six shots back.
Quick hits from Thursday at the CIMB Classic
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Tiger sounds off after another strong showing at Arnold Palmer Invitational
It was a great two weeks of being in contention again. I feel like I'm getting a little better. Great playing by Rory today to win at the King's place. Arnie would have been proud of golf today and the charges!!!
McIlroy holes out with long birdie putt on 18
Watch out world, @McIlroyRory is BACK!
DeChambeau drops eagle on 16th hole
Perfect speed. ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ’ช @B_DeChambeau is just one-shot back! #QuickHits
McIlroy extends lead with 3rd-straight birdie
๐Ÿฆ THREE ๐Ÿฆ STRAIGHT ๐Ÿฆ @McIlroyRory can't miss! #QuickHits
Stenson came so close to tying the lead
๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ @HenrikStenson's birdie to tie the lead somehow lips out. #QuickHits
McIlroy cruising with 5th birdie in 9 holes ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Five ๐Ÿฆ on his last nine holes. McIlroy is on ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ #QuickHits
McIlroy takes outright lead with birdie on 13
Rory is ROLLING. @McIlroyRory takes the outright lead at 14 under. #QuickHits
Tiger moves to within 1 shot of lead with birdie on 13
A vintage Sunday charge. @TigerWoods is 3 under thru four holes on the back nine. #QuickHits
Tiger pars 11th with around-the-hole putt
๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐ŸŒ€ All the way around and in. #QuickHits
Rory making Sunday charge with 2nd straight birdie
The roars are getting louder for Rory after his second-straight birdie. ๐Ÿ‘€ #QuickHits
Tiger stuffs approach from 173 yards out to set up birdie
54 of 54 so far this week inside 9 feet. @TigerWoods has this 6 footer for ๐Ÿฆ coming up. #QuickHits
Tiger slams putt off flag stick, reacts with laughter
Hit a house. That'll do. #QuickHits
Tiger takes vicious hack with big stick
Anyone catch the recoil speed on this one?
DeChambeau makes long birdie putt from fringe
Hello co-leader, @B_DeChambeau. ๐Ÿ‘‹ #QuickHits
Patrick Reed stuffs approach
Tiger opens final round with par
Tiger is off and running on Sunday. #QuickHits
Rose birdies back-to-back holes
Justin Rose is feeling it down the stretch. Two-straight birdies and just three back @APInv. ๐ŸŒน #QuickHits
Fowler clears bunker, puts ball within feet of hole from 186 yards out
Aggressive shot...can it clear the bunker... Right on line for @RickieFowler. #QuickHits
Tiger records 4th birdie of day on hole 11
Tee shot: ๐Ÿ‘ Approach: ๐ŸŽฏ Putt: ๐Ÿฆ #QuickHits