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Ryan Moore kissing the trophy after beating fellow American Gary Woodland for the CIMB Classic title at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club Monday morning.
KUALA LUMPUR: Ryan Moore picked up his biggest paycheque yet of US$1.26mil (RM4mil) after rolling in a four-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to beat fellow American Gary Woodland for the CIMB Classic title at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club Monday morning.
Darkness forced the duo, who finished Sunday tied on 14-under 274, to return early this morning for the playoff starting 7.30am ater the final round was twice delayed by bad weather.
Playing the 634-yard, par-five 18th at the West course, Moore laid up to 157 yards and spun his low iron to four feet.
Woodland blew it when he was unable to find the green with his third shot after hitting the rough and finding himself with a difficult angle.
He failed to chip in for a birdie and this allowed Moore the easier task of putting in to claim his third career PGA Tour title and continue the American domination of the US$7mil (RM22.4) event.
Ben Crane won the inaugural edition in 2010 before it was Bo van Pelt and Nick Watney's turn in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
There was a bit of hesitancy as Moore stopped and cleaned the ball before putting it back again but as he explained, it was all in the pre-shot routine.
“As far as on 18, you know, I have done that a few times this week. I really worked on my pre-shot routine and my alignment. I am one of those people ... if I am not comfortable, I back off and go through the routine and I get in there again.
“The last thing I want to do is to be standing over a putt not quite feeling right and just saying, oh, and just hit it anyway, and that's kind of where I was at.
“It's nice to see it pan out a little bit,” said Moore, who went to sleep early.
“I was able to do that and came back out this morning and felt good. Playing a playoff with someone like like Gary Woodland, you don't want it to last very long.
“To get a win this early in the season, it's just incredible, to be able to jump up, get some FedEx Cup points racked up.
“It's a tournament I enjoyed and I look forward to coming back to it every year,” said Moore.
Woodland was not too disappointed but instead felt he played well throughout the week.
“It was a long hole, I had to lay up and Ryan hit a great shot in there and obviously made a good birdie.
“I thought I hit a pretty good third shot but it just came up a little bit short,” said Woodland, who collected US$756,000 (RM2.4mil) for finishing second.
Moore opened with a sizzling nine-under 63 and then followed with rounds of 72-69-70.
Woodland had a chance to win in regulation play but his 12-foot birdie putt on the last green slid by the cup. Moore then made a four-foot par putt to force the playoff.
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