October 28, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: Ryan Moore is the CIMB Classic 2013 champion beating Gary Woodland in a sudden death playoff this morning at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, Malaysia. He birdied the first hole of the playoff with Gary Woodland this morning to win the CIMB Classic after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms.This is a well deserved victory for Moore who was among leaders during the 4-day championship.–Din Merican
CIMB Classic 2013: Moore Vs Woodland in Playoff
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Gary Woodland survived two waits. Now he must survive another.
Woodland carded a 3-under 69 in fading light Sunday to finish the CIMB Classic tied for the lead with Ryan Moore at 14 under par. The two will begin a sudden-death playoff at 7:30 a.m. Monday (6:30 p.m. Sunday in Topeka).
Woodland had a left-breaking, 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have given the Shawnee Heights and University of Kansas graduate his third PGA Tour win, but the ball slid just underneath the cup.
“I hit it where I wanted to,” Woodland said. “Hit a good putt, it just broke a little more than I thought, which happens.I played good today and we’re excited about tomorrow.”
Moore, who also is seeking his third tour win, had to scramble for par on the 18th to match Woodland and cap a round of 2-under 70. After hitting his second shot on the par-5 hole into the right rough and leaving his third shot well short, Moore knocked a wedge shot to about 4 feet and made the putt to keep his hopes alive.
Asked how he felt standing over that putt, Moore said: “Less than fantastic, I’ll tell you that much. Any time you face a putt you know you have to make, it makes it that much harder, but you just try and step up and hit it like you normally do.”
The 18th hole at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club is lined with floodlights from tee to green, prompting speculation that Woodland and Moore might play at least one playoff hole on Sunday. The players, however, seemed satisfied with the decision to call it a day.
“It was just tough,” Woodland said of darkening skies. “There’s too many shadows, too much going on.”
Woodland and Moore were the last two standing following a round that featured two lightning delays and a rainy closing stretch. Playing in a final threesome that also included Chris Stroud, their last six holes took more than five hours to complete.
Woodland one-putted his first two holes after the initial weather delay – a three-hour stoppage — saving par from 8 feet at No. 13 and making birdie from about 6 feet at No. 14 to give him sole possession of the lead at 14 under.
Moore tied Woodland by birdieing the 16th hole when play resumed following the second postponement, which last about 40 minutes.
By reaching the playoff, Woodland secured his third top-two finish in the past three months. He won the Reno-Tahoe Open on Aug. 4 and was runner-up to Adam Scott at The Barclays later that month.
A win at the CIMB Classic would catapult Woodland into a tie for second place in the FedEx Cup standings through three events in the 2013-14 season.
Stroud and Kiradech Aphibarnrat tied for third at 13 under, missing the playoff by a single stroke. Aaron Baddeley took fifth, posting a 6-under 66 Sunday to reach 12 under.