Moore’s 63 outshines major champions at CIMB Classic

Final Round Update –PGA Tour – CIMB Classic – Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –

Former college standout Ryan Moore – now an 8-year professional on the PGA Tour – fired a 9-under-63 in the opening round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic.

Moore, who tied for 9th last week in Las Vegas, bogeyed his first hole, but rallied with 10 birdies the rest of the day at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club to set the pace. At 9-under overall, he leads the 78-player field headlined by major champions Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Ernie Els.

Bradley, who was win-less in the 2013 season, is just two shots back of Moore after a 65. Spain’s Sergio Garcia is third alone after a 66. Garcia is making his first start since the TOUR Championship.

Moore was a 25-to-1 betting pick at heading into the week. He was 16th in the 2013 on the PGA Tour in Driving Accuracy making 16 of 22 cuts. The two-time PGA Tour champion last won in 2012 in Las Vegas.

Mickelson opened sluggish in Malaysia shooting 71. He is T-21 in the no-cut event that is now apart of the FedEx Cup Standings awarded full points.

A few big numbers were posted Thursday including Watson’s 78 and Sang-Moon Bae’s 80.

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