Final Round – PGA Tour and Asian Tour – CIMB Classic – Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –
It was a flashback victory for American Ryan Moore as he beat Gary Woodland for the second straight by at the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.
Moore beat Woodland in 2013 in the playoff.
This year, Moore shot 5-under-67 in the final round to finish 17-under to outpace the field by three shots. Woodland was T-2 alongside Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na, who opened the final round as a co-leader with Moore.
Garcia, the highest ranked player in the field at No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has not won on the PGA Tour since 2012.
The triumph marked the fourth career PGA Tour title for Moore, as he shot 67-67 on the weekend.
Champion at the Frys.com Open to start the new season a few weeks ago, Sang-Moon Bae logged a T-5 effort alongside 21-year-old Aussie Cameron Smith.
Billy Hurley III, who opened 67-67 in Malaysia, failed to break 70 on the week and finished T-8 alongside Davis Love III. Kevin Streelman (68-68 heading into the weekend) struggled on Sunday to a 3-over-75 and ended up T-26.
Moore, 31, made eight birdies on the final day. At 47h in the world ranking, Moore became the first player since Tiger Woods to defend a title on the PGA Tour.
Moore was a 25-to-1 pick to start the week at skybet.com.
Other Golf News:
• Germany’s Marcel Siem birdied the first playoff hole to win the European Tour’s BMW Masters – the first of four tournaments in the Final Series. Siem struggled to shoot a back-nine 40 in windy conditions in Shanghai, China, but edged Alexander Levy and Ross Fisher. Levy, the overnight leader after a 63 in round three, shot 78 Sunday. Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson finished T-4.
• Inbee Park held on to win the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship – beating former No. 1 Stacy Lewis by two shots. Park shot 71 to Lewis’ 69 in the final round, but it was Park’s 62 in round two that paced the victory. It was Park’s fourth win of 2014 (including her 5th major in August at the LPGA Championship) and 12th career LPGA Tour title.
• Siem logged his fourth career European Tour victory Sunday moving him to 4th in the Race To Dubai standings. The 34-year-old entered the week No. 152 in the world ranking.
• Tom Pernice Jr. and Kenny Perry (8-under) co-lead heading into the final round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on the Champions Tour. Jay Haas is just a shot back with defending champion Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie at 6-under and T-4.
• Lydia Ko ended up solo third in Taiwan behind Park and Lewis. The LPGA Tour hosts the Mizuno Classic next week in Japan before visiting Mexico for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. The season-finale takes place Nov. 20-23 in Naples, Florida at the CME Group Titleholders.