CIMB Classic 2013
Ryan Moore wins Monday playoff
October 28, 2013
Ryan Moore birdied the first hole of a playoff with Gary Woodland on Monday to win the CIMB Classic after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms.
Moore had to fight just to get in the playoff, hitting an awkward 60-yard wedge shot on the 18th hole Sunday that dropped within several feet of the hole and allowed him to salvage par.
He and Woodland finished at 14-under 274, with the playoff postponed until Monday because of fading light.
In the playoff, Moore hit a similarly well-placed approach with an 8-iron to the same green that stopped about 5 feet from the hole, setting up his winning putt.
''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.''
It was Moore's third PGA Tour title and came nearly a year after he won his second at the 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
''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.''
Woodland, who was also trying to win his third PGA Tour title, had a chance to end things as dusk was descending in a steady rain Sunday evening but he barely missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have given him the title.
The players had endured about 3 1/2 hours of storm delays earlier in the day, which caused the playoff to be put off until the morning.
''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.''
He pulled his approach shot to the 18th green wide Monday, leaving himself a difficult chip shot from the rough that he couldn't hole for birdie.
Still, it's been a remarkable turnaround in form over the past few months for the American who has struggled with wrist injuries in recent years and a loss of form that had sent his world ranking plummeting to 268th this summer.
Woodland began making changes to his game last January when he started working with new swing coach Butch Harmon. He later switched to Harmon's son, Claude, hired a new short-game coach, Pat Goss, and then added a new psychology coach, Julie Elion.
The results finally started to come in August: Woodland won his second PGA Tour title at the Reno-Tahoe Open and followed that with a share of second at The Barclays a couple of weeks later.
Starting the new wraparound PGA Tour season this month, Woodland also added a new caddie, veteran Tony Navarro, who previously worked with Greg Norman and Adam Scott.
''I put a lot of hard work in,'' he said. ''It's been a process with the changes I've made, switching to Butch and his son, and it's finally starting to come together, which is nice. I put a lot of work in on the short game, a lot of work on the middle game, and we're starting to put it together now.''
Moore is also hoping to build on the victory at the $7 million Malaysian tournament, which became an official PGA Tour event this year, awarding FedEx Cup points and a spot in the Masters.
Given how well he has played at this time of year, he's also glad the new wraparound season is starting in October.
''Now that it counts, now that it's a full FedEx Cup event and counts as a win on the PGA Tour, it does so much for you. To get a win this early in the season, it's just incredible, to be able to get some FedEx Cup points racked up,'' he said.
Gary Woodland and Ryan Moore face Monday playoff
October 27, 2013
After a day of constant lead changes and rain delays, Gary Woodland and Ryan Moore will have to wait one more day to decide who takes home the CIMB Classic trophy.
Woodland and Moore finished tied for the lead at 14-under 274 after the final round on Sunday, a stroke ahead of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud at 13 under. The sudden-death playoff was postponed until Monday morning due to darkness.
In a steady rain with shadows being cast by the floodlights overhead, Woodland had a chance to win the title on the 18th hole but missed a 10-foot birdie putt just wide by an inch.
''I thought I made it when I looked up and it just broke too much at the end there,'' he said. ''But it was a tough day and obviously to come down to the last putt, obviously I'd like to have made it.''
Moore, the co-overnight leader, made a nice up-and-down recovery after hitting into the rough to salvage par and force the playoff.
''I was scrambling there on the last hole just to somehow make a par and kind of see what happens at that point, and fortunately, I still get another shot at it,'' he said.
The back nine was filled with suspense as the names atop the leaderboard kept shuffling back and forth and thunderstorms twice delayed play for a total of about 3 1/2 hours.
Woodland, Moore and Kiradech made the turn with a share of the lead, but Woodland moved one clear with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole-his first outright lead of the tournament. He didn't hold onto it for long, however, bogeying the 11th to move back into a three-way tie.
Kiradech also had chances to move ahead with two birdie putts within six feet on the 11th and 12th holes that he missed by inches. On the next hole, a much longer birdie putt caught the outside edge of the hole and curled away, causing the Thai golfer to cringe and drop his head in frustration.
Woodland birdied again on the 14th to go up a stroke before play was suspended by lightning for the second time, with only nine golfers left on the course.
When they returned to the course in a driving rain, however, Moore holed a 4-footer for birdie on the 16th to tie it up again and both players parred the rest of the way.
Both Woodland and Moore are aiming for their third PGA Tour title.
Woodland, whose world golf ranking had dipped to 268th this summer, has been in excellent form since August when he won the Reno-Tahoe Open and earned a last-minute spot in the PGA Championship. He then finished in a tie for second behind Adam Scott at The Barclays a couple weeks later.
Moore is coming off a top-10 finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas last weekend, an event he won in 2012.
''Obviously we're both playing really well,'' Woodland said. ''We're going to come out and you're going to try to have to make birdies because Ryan is going to do that and I'm going to try to do the same.
''Changing a flight is not the end of the world to come back and have a playoff tomorrow.''
For Kiradech, who won the Malaysian Open title earlier this year on the same course in Kuala Lumpur, it was a lost opportunity to become the first Thai winner on the PGA Tour and earn a two-year tour exemption and invitations to the Masters, PGA Championship and a host of other lucrative tournaments.
He said he let his nerves get to him down the stretch.
''The front nine, I played good golf, just concentrate on the greens, didn't look for the results, just tried to play my best golf. When the back nine (came), I have the chance to win. Every time I look at a scoreboard, they put a lot of pressure (on) me,'' he said.
Australian Aaron Baddeley shot a 6-under 66 to finish in fifth at 12-under 276, a stroke ahead of Jimmy Walker in sixth. Canadian Graham DeLaet, who briefly took a share of the lead on the back nine Sunday before faltering with a bogey and double bogey, was level in seventh place with Harris English and Charles Howell III at 10-under 278.
Phil Mickelson finished in a tie for 19th at 5-under 283 after shooting a 74, his worst round of the week. But he was nonetheless pleased with his game, days after proclaiming his swing to be ''as far off as it's ever been.''
''Today despite the score was the best I hit it and the best the swing felt so I actually feel like I have some direction heading into next week's HSBC Champions in Shanghai,'' he said.