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 Moore Sets The Pace.

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Ryan Moore sets the pace at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, enjoying a two shot lead at the top of the leaderboard. The players have the advantage of lift, clean and replace, so expect some really low scoring here.

Ryan Moore during the PGA Tour's 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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Ryan shot a first round -9 under par 63 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia, taking a two shot lead over Keegan Bradley. Coming off a top ten finish at the Shriners last week, and his season has started with five consecutive rounds in the sixties.

He said it was a bonus that the season starts with events he likes;

“It was really just a huge bonus that the season starts now. These are events like Vegas, that’s home for me, and then this event which I’ve really enjoyed the last couple of years. They’re events I would play anyway so just the fact that they count, that’s huge.First and foremost on this golf course, you gotta put it in the fairway. The fairways are very small, and I started out doing that really well. I hit it in the fairway, and with ball in hand and the ability to clean the ball and give yourself a perfect lie every time, that’s a huge advantage.”

Keegan had a bogey free -7 under par 65, to be in second place on day one, he said taking a break before this tournament had worked well for him;

“I wanted to be prepared for this tournament so I worked pretty hard the last couple weeks. I want to be a more consistent player out here. I want to win more. Most importantly, I want to contend at the majors and play better at the majors. I feel like there’s no time to waste. I really want to get off to a fast start.”

In third place is Sergio Garcia at -6 under par after his opening round of 66.

On Wednesday Sergio met H.M. Queen Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah Hamidun at the golf course, he said he was nervous, not sure how to act. When he hit a bad shot she gave him some encouragement;

“I didn’t know what to expect when it comes down to royalty but she was very, very relaxed. Very chill. She said, `Nah, tomorrow you’ll hit it right. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.”

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The mystery that still has to be solved is the worrying form of Phil Mickleson, Phil shot a -1 under par 71 for his first round, and admits his swing is really bad;

I’m swinging awful. I’m swinging terribly at the ball, the lead for me right now is irrelevant. It’s so far off that that’s the last thing on my mind because I just don’t know where the ball is going. I would go hit balls, but I don’t know what to do to try to fix it,”

Stop trying to fix things Phil, just relax and play your usual game, everything will come back to you naturally.

Maybank Malaysian Open. Advantage Aphibarnrat In Malaysian Mayhem

On a stormy day two of the Maybank Malaysian Open,  Kiradech Aphibarnrat secured a late advantage when he birdied his last hole of the day to lead by one shot, in the Malaysian mayhem in Kuala Lumpur.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat during the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open   (Getty Images)

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More storm delays meant that only half of the field had the opportunity to complete their second rounds at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club Course.

There were 78 players who had to resume their first rounds today.  Among them were Charl Schwartzel and Ashun Wu, who went on to complete their second rounds and set the clubhouse target at nine under par with matching rounds of  -4 under par 68. That target proved to be not quite good enough as the  overnight leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat completed the front nine in -3 under par, 33 to get to -10 under par for the tournament, before darkness brought play to a close for the day. Kiradech still has eight holes to play in his second round.

Charl admitted that the tough conditions made it hard to concentrate;

” I can’t be too hard on myself because it’s extraordinarily hot out there. I lost a bit of concentration towards the end and made bad decisions on the sixth and seventh, poor club selections. I was in the middle of the fairway both times and made bogey. I hit a very poor shot on the seventh. It’s been a very long day but through it all I thought I played pretty well. At least I’ve given myself a chance. I’m playing consistently and if I had been a bit sharper today I maybe could have separated myself from the field, but I know I’m playing well and I’m feeling good.”

Ashun Wu was very happy to be in the club house in second position;

” I’m very happy today and my putting is good. I read the lines very well and that made me relax out there. I think it’s important to play with a strategy in mind this week and choosing of the right clubs to use will matter as well. I’ve been in a good form lately and I hope to maintain that. It’s great that I have the opportunity to play in this co-sanctioned event this week. It’s going to be very competitive because we’ve got all the top players from the Asian Tour and European Tour in the field.”

The weather in Malaysia is causing mayhem at the moment, and the organisers must be praying for some dry spells so that they can get this tournament back on track.

CIMB Classic, Malaysia, Wonderful Watney Wins

           

Magic in Malaysia

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Nick Watney shot a course record last round on Sunday of -10 under par, 61 to win the CIMB Classic at The MINES Resort & Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with a tournament total of -22 under par. Nick had a chance to go for a 59, but a wayward tee shot on eighteen left him with a difficult approach to the green from the left rough. His effort failed to reach the green, and he was then left with a long pitch shot for par, he failed in his attempt and dropped a shot at the last. That mistake left Bo Van Pelt needing to finish with a birdie to tie Nick at -22 under par. Bo was seeking back to back wins after his victory last week in Australia. Bo also missed the fairway on eighteen, then his approach landed in the green-side bunker, and he got up and down for par, to tie second place with Robert Garrigus, who birdied eighteen for his -21 under par tournament total. Both players had last round scores of -6 under par 66.

Tiger Woods made the charge he promised after his disappointing error strewn second nine on Saturday. Tiger had a last round score of -8 under par 63, and finished just three shots off the lead, tied in fourth place, after starting ten shots adrift of the final pairing of Van Pelt and Garrigus. Sharing fourth place with Tiger was Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge, who had a final round of -5 under par, 66, and Chris Kirk who had an average last round of -4 under par 67.  Another really low round came from Carl Pettersson with a -9 under par last round effort, giving him seventh place on his own.