Thomas aims for third Malaysia win

11 October 2017 13:22:47 EST

Justin Thomas is hoping his winning record continues this week as he heads to the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

The American, now up to number four in the world rankings, is going for his third successive win at the event.

He won in 2015, his first title on the PGA Tour, winning by one stroke from Adam Scott and repeated the feat last year with a three-shot victory over Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

It's a place obviously that will always have a special place in my heart, being my first tour win.

Justin Thomas

Now, he is seeking his third successive win in Kuala Lumpur in what has been a stand-out year for him so far.

The two previous wins at the CIMB Classic were, prior to this year, his only wins on the tour. Now he arrives in Malaysia seeking his fifth of this year.

He won the SBS Tournament of Champions, the Sony Open, then won his first major, the PGA Championship and followed that up with victory in the Dell Technologies Championship last month, beating Jordan Spieth by three shots.

So he starts this year's tournament bang in form as he aims for three in a row. He said ahead of the event: "It's a place obviously that will always have a special place in my heart, being my first tour win, and then the first time going back-to-back and (now) having the chance for a three-peat.

"It's obviously great, but it's going to be a little bit different this year just in terms of everything that's happened and the lack of preparation I'll probably get as opposed to the years prior."

Thomas is 4/1 to win in Malaysia this week with Matsuyama 9/1 and Britain's Paul Casey priced at 12/1.

Thomas will play this week, then the CJ Cup in South Korea before allowing himself some rest.

He will play in the Hero World Challenge in December but apart from that, will attempt to recharge his batteries ahead of bids to retain the Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open at the start of 2018.

Thomas is 10/1 to win the US Masters in Augusta, the first major of 2018.

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