KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Justin Thomas birdied four of his last five holes for a 6-under 66 and was three strokes behind first-round leader and fellow American Bronson Burgoon at the CIMB Classic on Thursday.
Burgoon’s 63 on the par-72 TPC Kuala Lumpur West Course gave him a one-stroke lead over Austin Cook. Two other Americans, Scott Piercy and Billy Horschel, and Taiwan’s C.T. Pan were another stroke back after 65s.
Thomas is in an eight-way tie for sixth, including 2012 champion Nick Watney, Kevin Chappell and Paul Casey.
“You have to play well here every day or at least get a round like today … it’s what could end up winning me this golf tournament,” Thomas said.
“Not having my best stuff and getting around here in 6-under is huge. I just didn’t take advantage of a…