Ryan Moore bests Gary Woodland in Playoff for CIMB Title
Both players finishing regulation at 14-under par, had the night to sleep on dreams of winning their third PGA Tour titles.
Moore, having to save par on his final hole on Sunday to force the playoff with Woodland, after hitting an awkward wedge shot from some 60-yards from the green. Though he pulled it off with his approach landing no more than seven feet from the cup.
During the sudden-death playoff, the following day, Moore was faced with a similar shot [yardage] on the same hole. An 8-iron to approach to the green he would stick five feet from the hole leading to his birdie putt and the victory.
''I had a great opportunity there on 18 with my third shot and it was just an absolute perfect number,'' he said. ''It was coincidentally the exact shot I was working on on the range.''
''I've always enjoyed playing in the fall. I'm not sure why,'' he said. ''It's actually kind of funny, I won a week before my son (Tucker) was born last year; I won a week after (his birthday) this year.''
Moore's victory in Kuala Lumpur came nearly one year to the date of his last PGA Tour victory at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open in 2012. During the fall of course, as he eluded to after his win.
Woodland had a chance to win the event on Sunday during regulation play, as he had a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that if made, would have given him the title. Though his bid just missed as his putt broke late as it approached the hole.
''Obviously, I'd like to make that putt,'' Woodland said. ''I hit it where I wanted to, it just broke more. I can see it now, it was a little lighter out right now, I can see it broke a little more, but it is what it is.''
The long hitting Woodland did not give himself the best chances come the playoff on Monday, pulling his approach shot wide of the 18th green. Leaving himself with a difficult chip shot that he absolutely needed to hole out for a birdie to keep any hope alive of continuing the playoff.
Without holing out, the door was open for Moore to sink his 5-footer and claim the CIMB Classic title.
Posted by Eddie Garrison