Perez wins PGA Tour's CIMB Classic by 4 strokes

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(TSX / STATS) -- Pat Perez shot a 3-under 69 in the final round Sunday to claim a four-shot victory over fellow American Keegan Bradley at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 41-year-old Perez won his first title in almost a year and his third career win after starting out with three birdies in the first four holes.

Perez finished the tournament at 24-under 264 to win $1.26 million and 500 FedEx Cup points, earning an automatic entry for next year's Masters. He also earned an exemption into the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January in Maui.

"Unreal. I think I'm the last guy that expected to win this week, to be honest with you," Perez told reporters after the win. "I did not think I was going to win this week. I really can't explain it. It's been an amazing 12 months. I can't explain it, but I hope it continues."

Perez is coming off his best season on the PGA Tour, recording six top-10 finishes, including a win at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, a tie for third at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and a tie for second at the Wells Fargo Championship. He qualified for the season-ending Tour Championship and finished 15th in the final FedEx Cup standings.

"I'll be here every year. Every year of the tournament, I'll be here," Perez said in confirming he will be back to defend his title next year. "It's been very good to me. The tournament's been fantastic."

Bradley shot a final-round 67, with three birdies, one eagle and no bogeys, to finish runner-up for his third top 10 in four starts in the event.

Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner, recorded his best finish since he was runner-up at the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

American Xander Schauffele, who started the round in second place, faltered with four bogeys to shoot a 72 and finish in a tie with South Korea's Sung Kang (71) at 17 under.

Defending champion Justin Thomas finished tied for 17th at 11 under after the American shot a 67.

Updated October 15, 2017