Ryan Moore captured his third career U.S. PGA Tour title at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, returning a day after the final round to beat Gary Woodland with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
The playoff was pushed back to a Monday finish in Malaysia because of darkness. Woodland had a chance to win the golf tournament at the final hole yesterday, yet missed a 10-foot birdie putt under the floodlights near the 18th green at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.
The players returned to the 634-yard, par-5 18th hole today and Moore hit his third shot to within four feet of the cup, while Woodland’s approach shot landed in the rough just off the green. After Woodland chipped to within two feet, Moore backed off his putt once, saying he didn’t feel comfortable, before sinking the birdie to collect $1.26 million.
“I’ve been putting in the effort and the time and it’s nice to see it pan out,” said the 30-year-old Moore, who tied for ninth in last week’s PGA Tour stop in Las Vegas.
The PGA Tour’s 2013-14 season, which includes 45 tournaments through 43 weeks, started with events the previous two weeks in San Martin, California, and Las Vegas.
Woodland and Moore finished regulation play in Kuala Lumpur at 14-under par, one shot better than Chris Stroud and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who was denied a chance to become the first Thai golfer to win on the PGA Tour.
Moore started the tournament with a 9-under-par 63 before shooting rounds of 72, 69 and 70.
“I started out with a bit of a flurry there the first day, making a bunch of birdies,” Moore said in a televised interview. “I cooled down a little bit, but was able to do what I had to do to get to this point and fortunately just hit a great shot there and left myself a nice short putt.”
Moore’s approach, from 157 yards on the 18th hole, set up his first victory since the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas, the same event in which he had a top-10 finish a week ago.
The PGA Tour’s next event is the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.
All six events for the new season held this year award FedEx Cup points for the first time. The McGladrey Classic is held Nov. 7-10 in Sea Island, Georgia, followed by the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico the week after. The PGA Tour schedule then resumes in January with its traditional swing through Hawaii before moving to the U.S. West Coast for six events in California and Arizona.