2013 CIMB Classic scores: Ryan Moore catches fire, Phil Mickelson struggles in Malaysia

Stanley Chou

The PGA Tour may have swung overseas, but the low scores that have peppered the wraparound schedule so far continued.

While you were sleeping, the PGA Tour conducted the first round of its first ever official FedExCup event in Asia. And the low scores we've seen through the first two weeks of this new wraparound slate continued, with the streaky Ryan Moore charging to the lead at 9-under on a round of 63. The pros were playing lift, clean and place on the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club layout, and with reachable par-5s dotting the scorecard, it was a relatively easy 18-hole loop.

Moore, who had one of the best amateur careers in golf history, is always capable of lighting up a scoreboard and has carded many rounds in the low 60s on Tour. Amazingly, the Vegas product canned birdies on all four par-3s late last night on his way to the two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley.

This is a smaller, but more talented, field than the first two fall events and the Tour has to be happy that both Bradley and Sergio Garcia are inside the top 10 at the start. Garcia is not the most popular player in the States, but he does have worldwide appeal and aside from Phil Mickelson, is probably the biggest name in the field. He went bogey free in his opening round, and rolled in six birdies to get to 6-under.

Mickelson was a mess late Wednesday night, hitting the ball all over the yard with his driver. At one point, he hit four drives in a two-hole stretch thanks to a couple bombs off the course that required provisionals. After the round, he admitted it was the worst he'd swung the club in a long time.

Even will the mess he made on multiple holes in the first round, he's still in the red with a 1-under round of 71. But that puts him a long way back of Moore, who drilled 10 birdies in his opening 18. It's unlikely they play lift, clean and place again so that could be the best scoring day of the week for Mickelson. He still has 54 holes to make it up, but the way he's searching for his swing doesn't give you much confidence that he'll be in it in down the stretch in Malayasia.

Here's the full leaderboard from the opening round

Place Player Score
1 Ryan Moore -9
2 Keegan Bradley -7
3 Sergio Garcia -6
T4 Rory Sabbatini -5
T4 Boo Weekley -5
T4 Kiradech Aphibarnrat -5
T4 Chris Kirk -5
T4 Chris Stroud -5
T9 Gary Woodland -4
T9 K.J. Choi -4
T9 Martin Laird -4
T12 Charley Hoffman -3
T12 Nicholas Thompson -3
T12 Shiv Kapur -3
T12 Charles Howell III -3
T16 Stewart Cink -2
T16 Hideki Matsuyama -2
T16 Camilo Villegas -2
T16 Richard H. Lee -2
T16 Wade Ormsby -2
T21 Jerry Kelly -1
T21 John Huh -1
T21 Lucas Glover -1
T21 Russell Henley -1
T21 Kevin Stadler -1
T21 D.A. Points -1
T21 Phil Mickelson -1
T21 Rickie Fowler -1
T21 Harris English -1
T30 David Hearn E
T30 Kevin Streelman E
T30 Billy Horschel E
T30 Bo Van Pelt E
T30 Graham DeLaet E
T30 Matt Every E
T30 Brendon de Jonge E
T30 Jonas Blixt E
T30 Bill Haas E
T30 Retief Goosen E
T30 Brian Gay E
T30 Marc Leishman E
T30 Gaganjeet Bhullar E
T30 Tim Clark E
T44 Kevin Chappell 1
T44 Scott Stallings 1
T44 Kyle Stanley 1
T44 Bryce Molder 1
T44 David Lingmerth 1
T44 Martin Flores 1
T44 Aaron Baddeley 1
T44 Matt Jones 1
T44 Jeff Overton 1
T44 Rashid Ismail 1
T54 Nicholas Fung 2
T54 Jimmy Walker 2
T54 Scott Hend 2
T54 John Rollins 2
T54 Berry Henson 2
T54 Anirban Lahiri 2
T54 Patrick Reed 2
T54 Brendan Steele 2
T54 Roberto Castro 2
T54 Prayad Marksaeng 2
T54 Josh Teater 2
T65 David Lynn 3
T65 Siddikur Rahman 3
T65 Daniel Summerhays 3
T65 Michael Thompson 3
T65 Nick Watney 3
T70 Ernie Els 4
T70 Ryan Palmer 4
T72 John Merrick 5
T72 Scott Brown 5
74 Bubba Watson 6
T75 Cameron Tringale 7
T75 Brian Davis 7
T77 Seuk-hyun Baek 8
T77 Sang-Moon Bae 8

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