An evening before the CIMB Classic 2017 officially took off, the sponsors and partners of the region’s annual professional golf tournament were invited to a light reception dinner held in honour of the players such as Ian Poulter, Pat Perez, Davis Love III and Justin Thomas. The distinguished guests each took the opportunity to greet and speak with the players as it was a rare opportunity for the golf patrons to mingle with the some of the world’s top players. The attendees were an exciting mix of senior representatives of the sponsors. MPHB Capital Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Surin Upatkoon, KWAP Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad, MAHB Managing Director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali and Tourism Malaysia Deputy General Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud were some of the prominent guests spotted among the crowd.
As the only official PGA Tour FedExCup event in Southeast Asia, the sponsors also took the opportunity to inquire about the players’ outlook of the tournament and techniques they were working on. Notably, the board of directors and top management of CIMB, such as Dato’ Robert Cheim, Dato’ Zainal Abidin Putih and Shahnaz Jamal, played excellent host. However, the evening ended with a surprise. Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, Group Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Group, congratulated Davis on his recent induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame during the week of the 2017 Presidents Cup. And to celebrate this milestone, a cake in the form of a miniature him on a golf course was presented.