Monday, May 21, 2018

Moore beats Woodland in playoff at PGA Tour's CIMB Classic

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Ryan Moore birdied the first hole of a playoff with Gary Woodland this morning 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 this morning (12 hours ahead of eastern time) 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 for his third 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 3½ 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 in the playoff, leaving himself a difficult chip shot from the rough that he couldn't hole for birdie.

Moore is hoping to build on the victory at the $7 million Malaysian tournament, which became an official tour event this year, awarding FedEx Cup points and a spot in the Masters.

LPGA: Suzann Pettersen shot 3-under 69 and held off Azahara Munoz to win her second straight Sunrise Championship in Yangmei, Taiwan. Pettersen birdied Nos. 13, 14 and 18 after bogey on the par-5 ninth allowed Munoz to get within a stroke. Pettersen finished at 9-under 279 to top Munoz (70) by five. Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (83) was at 20-over 308 and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (84) at 21-over 309.

CHAMPIONS: Kenny Perry made an 8-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole with Bernhard Langer to win the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203. Perry saved par on the final hole of regulation with a 20-foot par putt.