Golf weekend recap: Ryan Moore captures third PGA Tour win
Ryan Moore won the CIMB Classic on Monday, edging out Gary Woodland on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with a birdie.
The tournament -- the third on the PGA Tour’s new wraparound schedule -- was played in Malaysia. There were two significant weather delays in Sunday’s final round, which meant there wasn’t enough daylight to contest the playoff that evening. Moore and Woodland – both looking for respective win No. 3 on the PGA Tour -- returned Monday morning (primetime Sunday evening for those on the east coast of the U.S.) -- to play the lone hole of the playoff.
The victory was Moore’s first since the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Here’s a look at the highlights from Monday’s playoff:
The PGA Tour moves to Shanghai, China this week for the World Golf Championships- HSBC Champions.
And now, on to more golf...
EXHIBITION GOLF: For the second consecutive year, Rory McIlroy defeated world No. 1 Tiger Woods in an 18-hole exhibition match in China. McIlroy fired a 6-under 66 at Mission Hills on Monday, one shot better than the 67 by Woods. Also: Tiger comments on Brandel Chamblee.
EUROPEAN TOUR: The finish wasn’t pretty -- a knee-knocker of a double bogey on the 72nd hole -- but it was good enough for Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano to win the BMW Masters in Shanghai on Sunday. Fernandez-Castano had a three-shot advantage when he teed it up on the final hole, but struggled mightily on the last before closing out the win… In other news from the BMW Masters, England’s Simon Dyson was disqualified Saturday morning after video surfaced of the player seemingly touching his putting line by tapping down a spike mark with his golf ball.
Here’s video footage of the infraction:
Like the PGA Tour, the European Tour is in Shanghai this week for the co-sanctioned HSBC Champions.
LPGA TOUR: There’s no hotter player in the ladies game right now than Suzann Pettersen. Pettersen successfully defended the Sunrise Championship in Taiwan Sunday. It was her fourth win on the LPGA Tour this season and her third victory in her last five starts. The Norwegian star closed with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory over Solheim Cup teammate Azahara Munoz. The LPGA Tour takes a short break before teeing off the Mizuno Classic on Nov. 8.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Kenny Perry made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer on Sunday to win the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship. The victory was the third of the year for Perry, who is No. 1 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course to finish regulation at 13-under 203. Perry dramatically saved par on the final hole of regulation when he holed an 18-foot putt. The Champions Tour moves on to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco this week for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
AMATEUR GOLF: Chang-woo Lee of South Korea won the Asia-Pacific Amateur by three shots Sunday to earn a trip to the Masters in April. The winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur gets an invitation to the Masters and is exempt until the final qualifying stage for the British Open. Hasegawa also gets into final qualifying for the British Open. Defending champion Tianlang Guan, who turned 15 last week, shot 73 and finished eight shots behind.
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