It took an extra day in Kuala Lumpur, but American Ryan Moore captured the 2013 CIMB Classic on Monday morning in Malaysia, defeating Gary Woodland in a playoff.
Moore opened the first ever FedExCup event in Asia with a round of 63, storming to a multi-shot lead. But he had to make up a deficit on the weekend, and hit an amazing wedge shot to get up-and-down for par on the 18th hole Sunday to force the playoff with Woodland. PGA Tour officials did not even try to start the extra holes, with darkness rapidly falling in Kuala Lumpur after a Sunday of storms.
The carry over to the next day resulted in some Sunday night primetime golf back in the United States, but Moore made quick work of Woodland. The Vegas product and decorated amateur is known for his ability to roll in birdies, regularly hitting hot streaks and posting low-60s rounds. And that's exactly what he did on the opening hole of the playoff, canning a birdie to wipe out Woodland and claim his first win since the 2009 Wyndham in Greensboro.
For a long time, Moore has felt like a player on the cusp of stardom and major championship name recognition. He's got a lower profile than many American players, but thanks to a historic run as an amateur, he's definitely considered to be among the most talented U.S. golfers in the world. His 2013 season was a bit erratic and inconsistent, but perhaps this early win in the new wraparound schedule propels him to big things the year. The win also locks up a Masters invite, his fourth trip to Augusta in the last five years.
Like Moore, Woodland seems to be another American on the doorstep of major titles and major success. The Kansan absolutely hammers the ball off the tee, and he seems to have found the right form over the last couple months following injury and inconsistency.
The first iteration of this event as a sanctioned PGA Tour tournament featured a limited field and no cut, so everyone went home with some cash this week. Here are the full results, with the wraparound schedule now headdc to China for the WGC-HSBC Champions event.
|T7||Charles Howell III||-10||$218,167|
|T19||Bo Van Pelt||-5||$81,900|
|T53||Brendon de Jonge||3||$15,908|