Moore wins, Smith 5th at PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic

Ryan Moore successfully defended his CIMB Classic title on the PGA Tour, shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a 3-stroke win, beating fellow American Gary Woodland for the second straight year.

Moore finished on 17-under at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia to become the first player to defend a title on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitation in 2012 and 2013.

Cameron Smith Cameron Smith (Credit: Asian Tour)

Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na shared a three-way tie for second with Woodland.

The win is Moore’s fourth on the PGA Tour and the American finished the tournament in style with closing brides on the 14th and 17th.

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

Na had a two-shot lead on the back nine, but had lost it by the 16th hole, where he missed a 2-footer for birdie. On the next hole, Na’s tee shot landed in a tree and could not be identified. He returned to re-tee his ball, made double bogey and his tournament was over.

“It was my tournament, I thought,” said Na. “But Ryan played fantastic. Hats off to him, he deserves it.”

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

Garcia, the highest ranked player in the field also had his woes, a mishit on the 10th resulted in a double.

“I just had a really bad break on 10, hit my tee shot a little left and hit the cart path, and the ball kind of disappeared,” said Garcia.

“That one kind of put me off a little bit. I had to do something really, really extremely good coming in, and there were some tough holes.”

Australia’s Cameron Smith and Bae Sang-moon of South Korea finished tied for fifth at 12-under , one shot ahead of Australia’s John Senden.

Smith, 21, the 2013 Australian Amateur champion who is beginning his professional career in Asia, earned more than $250,000 by closing with a 68 and receives an invitation to this week’s PGA Tour event in the USA at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson.

Sunday’s final round built upon Smith’s opening rounds of 70-69-69 in what was a sensational display from one of our emerging professionals.

Smith is currently 4th on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit and last April narrowly missed claiming a victory in only his second professional event finishing runner-up at the Indonesian Masters.

Greg Chalmers finished in a tie for 26th at 6-under, with Marc Leishman at 3-under to finish in a tie for 39th position.

Steven Bowditch finished at 2-under and in a share of 46th position, with Matt Jones at 1-over further back in a tie for 52nd and Robert Allenby finishing at 4-over and well down the leaderboard.