CIMB Classic. Ryan Moore Successfully Defends Title

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Ryan Moore successfully defends his CIMB Classic title, winning at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Ryan became the first player to defend a PGA title since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2012 and 2013. A last round -5 under par 67 saw Ryan lift the CIMB Classic trophy again, with a winning total of -17 under par, a three shot victory;

“It was incredible to finish the way I did coming down those last few holes.”

“I like to tell myself all the time that `I am a closer. Let’s just do what we can, hit good shots and let’s close this thing’ and I was able to do that.”

Sergio Garcia, Gary Woodland and Kevin Na tied for second place, all at -14 under par.

Gary lost here last year, in a play-off against Ryan, and his final round -5 under par 67 was not enough to catch his opponent this time around;

“The par fives cost me all week, I played beautifully outside the par fives.”

“Hopefully I can ride this momentum and play well next week.”

Kevin birdied three of the first four holes to take a two-stroke lead, but then things started to wrong, a bogey on 13, before losing his tee shot on 17, into a Palm tree. He had to go back and take three off the tee, which finally halted his charge;

“It’s my fault hitting a bad putt and it’s hard to recover from that late in the day. I never got it together before I hit the next shot and you saw what happened.”

“It’s disappointing when you know you had the lead and it’s yours, but Ryan did step it up in the end.”

Sergio was also undone by a Palm tree, he also had to back to the tee, on the par five 10th, that cost him a double bogey seven;

“After nine, I thought I had a chance because I finally got some things going after two or three lip-outs early in the round for birdie.”

“But unfortunately that double bogey kind of stopped me.”

 

CIMB Classic. Moore and NA Tied for Lead.

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Defending Champion Ryan Moore and Kevin Na are tied for the lead at the CIMB Classic at Kuala Golf and Country Club.

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Ryan carded -5 under par 67, to post a 54 hole total of -12 under at the CIMB Classic, he shares the top spot with Kevin Na, who also had -5 under par today to equal the -12 under par total.

Ryan reported that last year’s playoff victory over Gary Woodland, on this course, gave him the belief that he can do it again Sunday. He also spoke about the constant delays, stopping and starting due to thunderstorms, which have halted play for long periods all three days;

“It can only be a positive, I’ve been here and done it on this course, so that should give me that little extra confidence going into tomorrow.”

“It’s tough on all of us, starting and stopping, it’s like another round of golf. You are starting again and you don’t have that rhythm and momentum of your round.”

Kevin said the opposition was tough;

Sergio, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman, Chappell, any of those guys can get out there and play well.”

 “You can’t set yourself an opponent, you have to play the golf course.”

Sergio Garcia shares third place with Billy Hurley 111, both on -11 under par. Sergio twice had to take penalty shots, but both times managed to save par;

I’m not trying to hit shots like that but sometimes it happens, after the rain, the greens were much slower, and I three-putted on eleven for bogey, and then I made some nice saves.”

Lee Westwood was hurt most by the rain delay, he was in contention at -9 under par when the course was cleared for a thunderstorm, but had four bogeys in eight holes after the resumption.He finished the day with a +2 over par 74, and at -5 under par for the tournament is now out of contention.

CIMB Classic. Billy Hurley 111,Hits the Top.

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Billy Hurley 111 hits the top of the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the half-way stage at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Billy carded a -5 under par 67 to top the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the mid-way point with a -10 under par total. He has a two shot lead going into the week-end and reported that he could stay there;

“If I can keep hitting it in the fairway and keep putting it like I have and hitting a lot of good putts, then I’ll be right there on Sunday.”

“After the bad swing it could have unraveled there on 2 and 3 but I drew on some of the experience I had from last year and was able to hold it together coming in.”

“The cameras, more people watching the last group, couple of groups. It’s the atmosphere of it, and you learn a little bit from that.”

Kevin Streelman holds second place, his second consecutive round of -4 under par 68 giving him his -8 under par total. An old putter has emerged to ignite his game;

“With putters, sometimes you pick it up and it just feels good, this is the best my short game has been.”

“You just need to freshen up, sometimes you pick it up, and it feels pretty good and you go out and make everything.”

In the group of players tied in third at -7 under par, three strokes back , is the field’s top-ranked player, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood, who recorded a hole-in-one on his way to carding a -7 under par  65 that moved him into contention.

Lee aced the tough 226 yard par-3 11th hole;

“You need a bit of luck, but at the same time you have to hit it straight, it happens now and then. A 65 has got me right into the tournament.”

Others at -7 under par  included Seung-yeul NohKevin Na, Jeff Overton and Kevin Chappell, who penalized himself a stroke for picking up the ball before marking it on the 16th fairway.

Noh said he feels comfortable on this course;

“I feel very comfortable on this course, and I’m swinging I pretty well, plus I’m putting pretty well too. I’m really excited for the weekend.”

Ryan Moore, the defending champion, is also on -7 under par, it would have been better had he not bogied the last hole;

“It’s a position golf course. You can’t overpower it with length, I’m not one of the longer guys, and it makes a lot of guys hit it where I normally hit it, so we play from a lot of the same spots.”

 

CIMB Classic. Rikard Karlberg Leads

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Swede Rikard Karlberg leads the CIMB Classic after the first round at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.

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Rikard shot a first round -7 under par 65 at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, to take a two shot lead into the second round.

Returning from an injury Rikard said he just relaxed, and had some fun, but the lingering viral infection has affected his season;

It gets you a little bit stressed out, I just stopped almost enjoying the game. I was a little bit frustrated before the two last tournaments coming into this week.”

“Just enjoy it and have fun out there made a big difference to me, so I haven’t really thought about it as a big event.”

Tied in second place are Billy Hurley III, Brian Stuard and Angelo Que, all with opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Top ranked player in the field is Sergio Garcia, he opened the competition with a -3 under par 69. He unfortunately is still suffering from putting problems, which I think is entirely down to that claw grip that he uses;

“It was one of those day where instead of lipping in, they seemed to lip out, and I probably had at least four or five putts that looked like they were going to go in and didn’t.”

Davis Love 111 is another player who had a good start, posting a -4 under par 68 first round, to sit in a tie for fifth place, he said he was taking it easy;

“I was a little tentative on some shots and not real sure what to do, I made some bad swings, but all in all you take 4 under if you haven’t ever seen the course before, so I’m pretty happy with it.”

“I don’t feel real good about a couple of those tee shots I hit. Physically, mentally I’m great. I’m relaxed now. The pressure is off of last week and all the excitement. Somebody else is cleaning up the mess, and I can go play.”

 

 

CIMB Classic. Its Moore On Monday.

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Ryan Moore won the inaugural FedEx Cup event in Asia, the  CIMB Classic, on Monday morning in a play-off at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and County Club.

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Ryan had to fight hard just to get into the play-off with Gary Woodland, hitting his fourth shot to within a couple of feet from 60 yards in Sundays floodlight finish. Gary was on the green in three, with a birdie putt of about eight feet, it slipped agonizingly passed, and Ryan made his par putt.

In the play-off Ryan hit an eight iron third shot to the 18th par five green to about five feet, setting up a birdie attempt, which he duly converted. He said that he had been out practicing that exact shot out on the range before play;

 “I had a great opportunity there on 18 with my third shot and it was just an absolute perfect number. It was coincidentally the exact shot I was working on on the range. I’ve always enjoyed playing in the fall. I’m not sure why, it’s actually kind of funny, I won a week before my son was born last year; I won a week after his birthday this year. Now that it counts, now that it’s a full FedExCup event and counts as a win on the PGA TOUR, it does so much for you. To get a win this early in the season, it’s just incredible, to be able to get some FedExCup points racked up,” 

Gary was still talking about the missed opportunity on Sunday, saying in the daylight today he could see the extra break in the putt that he missed in the gloom;

“Obviously I’d like to make that putt, I hit it where I wanted to, it just broke more. I can see it now, it was a little lighter out right now, I can see it broke a little more, but it is what it is. I put a lot of hard work in, it’s been a process with the changes I’ve made, switching to Butch and his son, and it’s finally starting to come together, which is nice. I put a lot of work in on the short game, a lot of work on the middle game, and we’re starting to put it together now.”

CIMB Classic. Gary and Ryan In A Play-Off, Tomorrow.

Gary Woodland and Ryan Moore finished the CIMB Classic tied at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par in a seriously rain affected tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

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Both players came up a floodlight 18th fairway, very surreal, probably never happened before on the PGA Tour. Street lamps on a golf course, being used to try and complete the round. Neither of them could break the deadlock, and they were not about to go back and come down that floodlight fairway again, so its over till tomorrow.

Gary thought he had made the last putt, which would have given him the title;

“I thought I made it when I looked up and it just broke too much at the end there, but it was a tough day and obviously to come down to the last putt, obviously I’d like to have made it. Obviously we’re both playing really well, we’re going to come out and you’re going to try to have to make birdies because Ryan is going to do that and I’m going to try to do the same. Changing a flight is not the end of the world to come back and have a playoff tomorrow.”

Ryan pushed his last tee shot into the semi rough, he could only get it back out onto the fairway, leaving a long approach. He managed to rescue a par five, and force the play-off;

” I was scrambling there on the last hole just to somehow make a par and kind of see what happens at that point, and fortunately, I still get another shot at it”

Sharing third place at -13 under par were Chris Stroud and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Kiradech admitted he let the nerves get to him;

“The front nine, I played good golf, just concentrate on the greens, didn’t look for the results, just tried to play my best golf. When the back nine came, I have the chance to win. Every time I look at a scoreboard, they put a lot of pressure on me.”

Phil Mickelson, the world number three had another disappointing round, +2 over par 74, to finish tied 29th, but reported his swing is getting better;

“Today despite the score was the best I hit it and the best the swing felt so I actually feel like I have some direction heading into next week’s HSBC Champions in Shanghai.”

 

CIMB Classic. Ryan Tied with Chris at the Top. Keegan Crushed by Kuala Lumpur.

Ryan Moore is tied at the top of the leaderboard at the CIMB Classic with Chris Stroud, at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. After the first two days of magnificent play Keegan Bradley was crushed by the Kuala Lumpur course.

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Chris Stroud shot a third round -4 under par 68 to tie for the lead at the CIMB Classic with Ryan Moore, who had a third round -3 under par 69. Both players have a tournament total of -12 under par.

Ryan commented on the changing conditions on the course;

“It was almost two different days out there. I’m rolling it well, and if I’m putting well I’m going to have opportunities, and I know I’m going to make some birdies”

Chris said he was using experience gained from the past;

“I’m pulling from all that experience, and what I learned under the gun at Travelers,  was I don’t need to try to do anything fancy. I just need to stick to my game plan, keep hitting shots, keep hitting good quality shots, keep putting myself in the right positions, keep hitting good putts, and stick to my strengths, which are chipping, putting and wedges, and get myself in the fairway.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par are Gary Woodland and local favorite Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Next on the board is Jerry Kelly, he is a further shot back at -10 under par.

Gary is pleased with the way he is playing;

“I’ve been playing good, I’ve been playing good for a long time, I just haven’t been putting it great and got a little putting tip from Phil actually this week, and it’s been working pretty well. Excited about that. I wanted to come over and obviously play well and enjoy the off-season a little bit better. You can do that when you get off to a good start.”

Keegan Bradley collapsed in the third round shooting a +4 over par 76, and is now tied in sixth place at -9 under par.