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.”