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Ryan Moore of Puyallup wins playoff for his 3rd PGA Tour title
Ryan Moore of Puyallup made a birdie on the first extra hole to beat Gary Woodland in a playoff at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Moore, 30, has three PGA Tour victories.
The Associated Press
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Ryan Moore of Puyallup birdied the first hole of a playoff with Gary Woodland to win the CIMB Classic after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms.
Moore, 30, earned $1.26 million for the victory, his third on the PGA Tour. He has competed in 212 Tour events, including five as an amateur.
Moore, who entered 45th in the world rankings, had to battle Sunday to get in the playoff, hitting an awkward 60-yard wedge shot on the 18th hole that dropped within several feet of the hole and allowed him to make par.
Moore closed with a 2-under-par 70 to match Woodland (69) at 14-under 274 after 72 holes of regulation play at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. The playoff was postponed until it was Monday in Malaysia because of fading light.
In the playoff, Moore hit a well-placed approach with an 8-iron from 157 yards to the green on No. 18 that stopped about 5 feet from the cup, setting up his winning putt on the par-5 hole.
“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.”
Moore’s victory came nearly a year after he won his second Tour title 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 to win his third PGA Tour title, had a chance to end things as dusk was descending in a steady rain during regulation play. Woodland 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, causing 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.”
Woodland pulled his approach shot from 136 yards to the 18th green wide in the playoff, leaving himself a difficult chip shot from the rough that he couldn’t hole for a birdie.
Kyle Stanley (75) of Gig Harbor tied for 19th place at 5 under. Ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (72) tied for 35th at 1 under.
• American Kenny Perry made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with German Bernhard Langer to win the AT&T Championship, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour.
Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203 for 54 holes on TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Canyons Course. Perry, 53, earned $285,000.
Kirk Triplett (68), a Pullman High School graduate, tied for third place at 11 under.
Seattle native Fred Couples (68) tied for 30th at 3 under. Rick Fehr (74) of Seattle finished 81st and last at 14 over.
• Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain closed with a 4-under 68 to win the BMW Masters, a European Tour event in Shanghai, China.
Fernandez-Castano’s 11-under 277 total produced a one-stroke victory over Francesco Molinari (64) of Italy and Thongchai Jaidee (66) of Thailand.
• Suzann Pettersen of Norway successfully defended her title in the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship in Yangmei for her fourth Tour victory of the year.
Pettersen, 32, shot a 3-under 69 for a 9-under 279 total and earned $300,000. She beat Azahara Munoz of Spain (70) by five shots.