Moore claims magical Monday play-off win

Mon 28 Oct 2013

Moore claims magical Monday play-off win

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Kuala Lumpur, October 28: American Ryan Moore defeated countryman Gary Woodland with a magical birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the CIMB Classic on Monday.
The 30-year-old Moore hit an exquisite eight iron approach shot to within three feet of the par five 18th hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course to claim his third PGA TOUR title in the US$7 million event sanctioned with the Asian Tour.
Woodland, who had missed a birdie putt on the 72nd hole on Sunday evening for the victory, missed the green in regulation and then left his fourth shot short of the hole to settle for the runner-up place.
“Playing a play-off with someone like Gary, I know I don't want it to last very long,” said a delighted Moore, who won the top cheque of US$1.26 million in what is Asia’s first official FedExCup event.
“I had a great opportunity there on 18 with my third shot, and it was just an absolute perfect number. It was 158 yards, a little bit back up the hill, so for me that was just a perfect slightly choked down full eight iron.
Ryan Moore of USA and Gary Woodland Ryan Moore of USA and Gary Woodland
“Fortunately it was a back right pin, too, and I like to hit a little cut. It was coincidentally the exact shot I was working on the range … with my nine iron I was actually as I didn't hit my lay up quite as far as I had planned on. I was planning on having a nine iron in and I had the eight iron, but it's essentially the exact shame shot, and fortunately I hit it right next to the hole.”
The Las Vegas-based Moore said he was pumped up for the play-off after making a crucial par save on the 72nd hole in near-darkness on Sunday after a wonderful approach shot as well.
“Sleeping was not a matter of the fact that I had to come back and play a play-off this morning and try and win a million dollars. It was the fact that I was a little bit jacked up because I just made an amazing up and down on the 18th hole to just tie and even get into it. So I just had that little bit of adrenaline, so it was more getting that out of the system than nerves for this morning,” said Moore, who is ranked 31st in the world.
Woodland, who was chasing his third PGA TOUR title, was disappointed he came up short against Moore after both players ended regulation play on 14-under-par 278. “It was tough. It was a long hole, and Ryan hit a great shot in there and obviously made a good birdie. But I thought I hit a pretty good shot on the third, just obviously coming out of the rough, I would have like to have been in the fairway, came out of the rough and came up a little short,” said Woodland.
He said he would not have hit his birdie putt any differently on the 72nd hole during the final round which would have sealed victory for him.
Ryan Moore of USA Ryan Moore of USA
“I'd like to make that putt. 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. I hit a good putt, and it just didn't go in,” said the 29-year-old.
One of the longest hitters on Tour, Woodland took the safety first approach in the play-off with a long iron off the tee but pushed his second shot into the rough. From there, he struggled home as Moore cruised to victory.
“I didn't think I could cover the bunkers this morning, especially where that pin was. If the pin was up front, we probably would have been a little more aggressive, but with the pin in the back I didn't want to leave it short of the bunker and have a tough third shot.  We decided to lay up and tried to hit a good wedge in there,” he said.
“I really enjoyed my time here. Obviously I played pretty well, just came up one shot short.  All in all it was a great week, something to build on, and look forward to coming back.”
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.
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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.