Last year, the PGA Tour decided to restructure their season to help give fall events more significance. The newly created 2013/2014 season got started earlier this month with events earning precious Fedex Cup Playoff points. Michael Thompson got his new season underway at this week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. The CIMB Classic is considered a standard PGA Tour event and receives full Fedex Cup points and all money earned will be counted as official PGA Tour earnings. Those changes have made this event much more attractive to Tour players and so the field is the strongest ever for this event.
Since Malaysia is on the other side of the dateline, Thursday's first round actually occurred on Wednesday night here in the US. Michael shot a three over par, 75 and is currently tied for 65th. He is paired with Boo Weekly and Retief Goosen for the first two rounds.
The Golf Channel is carrying live coverage in the evenings. Second round coverage will be on Thursday night from 10:30PM to 2:30AM ET.