October 27 2013
Gary Woodland par at 18 forces playoff at CIMB Classic
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.