Burgoon Leads CIMB Classic by 1 With 63

Bronson Burgoon isn’t a household name, except in his own house.

However, a lot more people know who the 31-year-old Burgoon is after he shot 9-under-par 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Austin Cook in the CIMB Classic, second event of the new PGA Tour season, on the West Course at TPC Kuala Lumpur  TPCKL in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“I drove it well and I putted pretty good, so it was kind of boring golf, but that’s always a good thing,” said Burgoon, whose best finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for second last year in the John Deere Classic. “I chipped in for eagle out of the bunker on my ninth hole, which kind of boosted me, then I kept going.

“It wasn’t flawless golf, but it was pretty good. I feel like I’ve been playing well and it felt like it was coming in the last few weeks. I felt good before I teed off today.”

Burgoon, who helped Texas A&M win the 2009 NCAA Championship, started on the 10th hole and made his birdie on the 18th before he collected five of his eight birdies while finishing on the front nine.

Cook, whose only PGA Tour victory came in the 2017 RSM Classic, birdied four of the last five holes while also finishing on the front nine with a bogey-free 64, while Scott Piercy eagled the 10th hole en route to a 65 and is tied for third with Billy Horschel and C.T. Pan of Taiwan.

Fourth-ranked Justin Thomas, who won the CIMB Classic in 2015 and 2016, birdied four of the last five holes to shoot 66 and is tied for sixth with Nick Watney of Davis and Fresno State, Emiliano Grillo of Argentina, Kevin Chappell of Fresno and UCLA, Paul Casey of England, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Joel Dahmen, Byeonghun An of South Korea.

Defending champion Pat Perez of San Diego is tied for 35th at 70.

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