KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Reigning champion Ben Crane, the in-form Brandt Snedeker and a resurgent Angel Cabrera are among the favourites at the $6.1-million CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia from Thursday. Also expected to be in the hunt are former world number one Vijay Singh and Colombian Camilo Villegas, while Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee heads the Asian assault at the showpiece event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour. The on-song Crane shot his way to victory at The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island earlier this month and the amiable United States player has a total of four top-10 finishes this year. "I couldn't be more excited about being back," an upbeat Crane told reporters on the eve of his title defence at The Mines Resort & Golf Club in sweltering Kuala Lumpur. "Just remembering all the shots from last year. It was one of the most thrilling things that's ever happened in my career. It's fun to be playing so well and be back here. I feel that my game is in really good shape." Compatriot Snedeker, who celebrated his second PGA Tour title this year and can also boast two third-place finishes so far in 2011, said his return to form was a nice reminder of his run in 2007, when he secured his first Tour title. "I have thought about that a little bit, but I felt like I played better this year than I did in 2007," said Snedeker, 30. Snedeker, who at 27 in the world rankings is the highest-ranked player on show in Kuala Lumpur, said winning at The Heritage in April, where he shocked current world number one Luke Donald in a play-off, had sparked his resurgence.