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