Ryan Moore is a winner for the third time on the PGA TOUR, taking the CIMB Classic in a playoff over Gary Woodland.
With the win, Moore moves to second in the FedExCup standings on the early 2013-14 season.
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By PGATOUR.COM staff
Ryan Moore and Gary Woodland returned to Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Monday morning in Malaysia to decide the CIMB Classic. They played the 634-yard, par-5 18th hole. Here's what happened:
First playoff hole: Both players hit the fairway off the tee. Moore laid up with a 5-wood to the center of the fairway. Woodland laid up with an iron to the right side and it trickled into the rough.
Moore played his third shot first, from 157 yards, and hit it tight to four feet at the back-right hole location. Woodland, from 136 yards, missed the green to the right in the rough.
Woodland hit a good chip but came up two feet short. Moore made his four-footer for the birdie and the victory.
After coming within a shot of making a playoff at the CIMB Classic, the question is now: Will Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat continue to pursue his goal of a PGA TOUR card?
If he wants it, the big 24-year-old has a spot in The McGladrey Classic in two weeks at Sea Island, Ga. That would make it three PGA TOUR events in a row for Aphibarnrat, who is also in the field this week at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. A high finish there would all but assure him Special Temporary Membership.
Aphibarnrat missed a birdie putt that would have put in a playoff Monday at the CIMB Classic. Instead, he finished tied for third with Chris Stroud, earning over $400,000 and virtually securing the No. 1 spot on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Aphibarnrat, a non-TOUR member, would have earned 163 FedExCup points would his finish. He can play
The McGladrey Classic and hope for another top-10 (which assures yet another start) or finish high enough to score enough FedExCup points to earn Special Temporary status. Such status would give him unlimited sponsor exemptions into PGA TOUR events, making it much easier to earn full membership.
"I think the schedule will change right now," Aphibarnrat said. "If I have my chance even like just 1 percent, I will try and do it."
Aphibarnrat had several chances to win Sunday and erase all membership doubts, but his his putter went cold on the back nine and he went without a birdie on the final 12 holes.
"After I saw my name on the top of the leaderboard, I think I pushed too much," Aphibarnrat said.
Ryan Moore made a gritty par putt to tie Gary Woodland in the near-darkness Sunday at the CIMB Classic, sending the event its first playoff in the four-year history of the tournament.
Woodland had a 10-foot birdie putt to win in regulation, but his putt just skirted the cup. The pair will return to the course at 7:30 a.m. local time to finish.
Both players will be going for their third PGA TOUR title. Play will resume on the 634-yard par-5 18th, and Golf Channel will televise it live.
This is Moore's third PGA TOUR playoff, and Woodland's second.
"To have to come back tomorrow for a playoff is not the worst thing ever," Moore said. "I'm just happy to be in it. 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."
Moore birdied the short par-4 16th to get to 14 under, then parred the last two holes. Woodland had a one-shot lead through two rain delays before Moore tied things up.
Woodland still had the edge heading into the long par-5 18th. He played three textbook shots, but his birdie putt didn't go in.
"I made it when I looked up, and it just broke too much at the end there," Woodland said. "But it was a tough day, and obviously to come down to the last putt, obviously I'd like to have made it, but I wouldn't do anything different. I hit it where I wanted to, and unfortunately it didn't go in."
Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the Asian Tour's top player, shot 70 and finished one shot out of the playoff. Chris Stroud, who was playing the final round with Moore and Woodland, also was one shot back after his birdie chip just missed the hole on the 18th.
Play resumed just before 6 p.m. local time after a half-hour delay, but the rain continues to fall at Kuala Lumpur.
Gary Woodland resumed on the 16th green with a one-shot lead, but Ryan Moore was only a shot behind with a makeable birdie putt.
To follow the remainder of the final round, click here for live scores.
The CIMB Classic was delayed by a weather for a second time at 5:20 p.m. local time Sunday with leader Gary Woodland on the 15th green.
Players were pulled off the course after lightning was reported in the area.
Play was delayed for over three hours earlier in the day. The leaders returned to the course with seven holes to go but played only an hour before the horn blew again.
After starting the final round only five shots back on a course filled with birdie chances, Phil Mickelson only managed a single birdie Sunday at the CIMB Classic.
Mickelson said he hit the ball the best he had all week, but his putter fell by the wayside. Mickelson had been fighting swing issues all four days, but he feels he finally turned a corner on the weekend.
"Despite the score, [this] was the best I hit it and the best the swing felt," Mickelson said. "I actually feel like I have some direction heading into next week's HSBC Champions in Shanghai, and I'm looking forward to playing it.
"It got progressively better. Unfortunately, the score today didn't reflect the fact that I played a lot better than the first three rounds, but I have something to build on now for next week."