How Vincent punched his ticket to CIMB Classic

10th October 2018 | Sunshine Tour

How Vincent punched his ticket to CIMB Classic

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How Vincent punched his ticket to CIMB Classic

Thanks to a consistent wave of good form in the current season of the Asian Tour which included three runner-up results and six top-10 finishes, Sunshine Tour player, Scott Vincent will be among the debutants who will be battling it out with some of the game’s finest players at this week’s CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGA Tour, the US$7 million CIMB Classic which starts on Thursday, is the second event on the PGA Tour 2018/19 season and it offers Vincent his second start in a PGA Tour tournament, his first being the RBC Heritage in 2015.

Two-time champion, Justin Thomas, is back, along with the PGA Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the year Xander Schauffele, Ryder Cupper Paul Casey, Japanese superstar Hideki Matsuyama and Hall of Famers Ernie Els and Davis Love III.

The Zimbabwean Vincent should not be too concerned about the sheer quality of this week’s field, however, because he has had a stellar season in Asia so far. And, while he has not started a single tournament on the Sunshine Tour this season, his solid 2018 foundation was laid at the second oldest golf open in the world, the BMW SA Open proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni. Having entered that tournament via a pre-qualifying round where he came second, Vincent finished fourth there and picked up 13th place finish at Tshwane Open in March. Both the BMW SA Open proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni are tournaments co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour.

His first five results on the Asian Tour this year consisted of a T10 finish at Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, a share of 39th at the Maybank Championship, a share of 26th at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth before missing the cut at the Hero Indian Open. That missed cut preceded a share of fourth at the Panasonic Open Golf Championship. Those results underlined what is already a good season for the Zimbabwean.

It is his last six results, though, which best deliver the point that he is in the same mould of great players who make up the field in Malaysia this week. A runner-up finish to Justin Harding at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open plus two more at the Take Solutions Masters and the 34th Shinhan Donghae Open are no fluke. Add the share of 13th from the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup and the share of seventh he got in Taiwan, then it becomes clear that Vincent is just as competent a competitor as the best of them in that field.

Lying fourth on the Habitat for Humanity standings currently and on a good run in Asia, Vincent’s Sunshine Tour playing card could be at risk unless he returns for the summer events where, hopefully, he can make enough earnings to retain his playing privileges for the next season.

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