Moore outlasts Woodland in playoff

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 10:18 AM
Last updated Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 12:05 AM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Ryan Moore birdied the first hole of a playoff with Gary Woodland early Monday to win the CIMB Classic after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms.

Ryan Moore outlasted Gary Woodland in a playoff at the CIMB Classic. Moore made birdie on the first playoff hole to capture his third career victory on the PGA Tour.  LAI SENG SIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Ryan Moore outlasted Gary Woodland in a playoff at the CIMB Classic. Moore made birdie on the first playoff hole to capture his third career victory on the PGA Tour.

Moore made a 5-foot birdie putt on par-5 18th hole after Woodland was short with his chip from just off the green.

Woodland and Moore finished regulation at 14-under 274 on Sunday with darkness descending on the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, forcing the playoff to be postponed until Monday morning. The players endured about 3½ hours of delays Sunday.

The tournament was an official PGA Tour event for the first time. Moore received a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters Tournament.

The 30-year-old American won for the third time on the PGA Tour. He also won the 2009 Wyndham Championship and 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

On Sunday, in a steady rain with shadows being cast by floodlights, Woodland had a chance to win on the 18th hole but missed a 10-foot birdie putt just wide by an inch.

Woodland settled for a 3-under 69, and Moore had 70.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud finished a stroke back.

The back nine Sunday was filled with suspense as the names atop the leaderboard kept shuffling back and forth.

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, bogeying the 11th to move back into a 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.

Woodland birdied again on the 14th to go up a stroke before play was suspended by lightning for the second time.

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.

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