Monday shootout for Moore and Woodland

Sun 27 Oct 2013

Monday shootout for Moore and Woodland

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Kuala Lumpur, October 27: Americans Ryan Moore and Gary Woodland will return on Monday morning, 7.30am for a sudden-death play-off to determine the champion at the US$7 million CIMB Classic after tying on 14-under-par 274 in a weather-hit final round on Sunday.
Moore and Woodland, both two-time PGA TOUR winners, posted a 70 and 69 respectively on a drama-filled day which included two weather suspensions due to lightning storms at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course.
Thai rising star Kiradech Aphibarnrat finished joint third with American Chris Stroud, one back of the leaders, in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR.
Moore, who finished tied fifth in the inaugural CIMB Classic in 2010, will not lose any sleep after concluding CIMB Classican energy-sapping day with four birdies against two bogeys. The American, ranked 45th in the world, has been in contention since opening a superb 63.
“Honestly it is a little bit of a blur right now because today was so crazy with the weather on and off, and I think we're both pretty happy we just got done at this point. To come back tomorrow for a play-off is not the worst thing ever. I'm just happy to be in it,” said Moore.
“I'm fairly exhausted at this point, so sleeping should not be difficult. I'm going to get back to the hotel, get something to eat real fast, and I'll probably be out as soon as I hit the bed,” added the 30-year-old, who spent time playing ‘Candy Crush’ during the weather suspensions.
The 29-year-old Woodland, who was one shot back at the start of the final day, narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie putt on 18 for the outright victory. “I knew I needed to make it to win. I played it just outside right and thought I hit a good putt. I thought I made it when I looked up, and it just broke too much at the end. 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 differently,” said Woodland.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
“It was a long day, and like Ryan said, thankfully we got done, and there's a lot of worse things. Changing a flight is not the end of the world, to come back and have a play-off tomorrow.  Excited about that, and should be a fun day tomorrow,” he smiled.
Current Asian Tour number one Kiradech took pride with his wonderful performance which virtually placed one hand on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
“I saw my name on the top of the leaderboard, I think I put too much pressure on myself on the back nine. I tried too hard to make a score. I told myself that you have the opportunity to win this PGA TOUR event, it changes your life, changes your future,” said Kiradech.
Australian Aaron Baddley closed with a 66 to take fifth place while world number three Phil Mickelson of the United States shot a 74 to finish tied 19th on 283.
About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately US$18.4 billion as at 31 Jul 2013 and over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.86 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.