2014 CIMB Classic (The 4th of 43 events in the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR Season), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 30-November 2, 2014; Purse: $7,000,000; Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, Par/Yards: 36-36—72/6,96 - Final-Round Notes – Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weather: Hot and humid weather with temperatures reaching 91 degrees with SW winds 4-8 mph (6-13 kph).

Due to wet conditions, preferred lies were used again in the final round.

Final-Round Leaderboard

1 Ryan Moore 68-69-67-67—271 (-17) (pictured by Getty Images)
2 Gary Woodland 71-70-66-67—274 (-14)
2. Kevin Na 69-68-67-70—274 (-14)
2. Sergio Garcia 69-68-68-69—274 (-14)
5 Cameron Smith 67-67-71-68—276 (-12)
5. Sang-Moon Bae 71-68-68-69—276 (-12)

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore fired a final-round 5-under-par to post 17-under 271 and become the first player in tournament history to defend his title at the CIMB Classic. Moore finished regulation of the 2013 event at 14-under 274. Moore becomes the first person to successfully defend a title on TOUR since Tiger Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (2012, 2013).

After a bogey on the par-4, 16th, hole Moore’s lead was down to one. Moore bounced back with a birdie on the 17th hole when he hit his approach to a foot. Na recorded a double-bogey on that same hole and fell four strokes back.

With this victory Moore moves up to No. 4 in the FedExCup Standings.

Moore earns his fourth PGA TOUR title in his 236th start. (2009 Wyndham Championship; 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; 2013, 2014 CIMB Classic)

Moore wins at 31 years, 10 months and 28 days making him the oldest winner of the early 2014-15 TOUR season.

Moore’s scoring breakdown for the week: Par-3s (-5), Par-4s (-9), Par-5s (-3)

Moore’s final round in detail: 11 of 14 fairways hit, 13 of 18 greens in regulation 1 of 2 sand saves and 26 putts.

Moore has led/co-led after 54 holes on TOUR six times in his career and has gone on to victory three times.

Moore’s final round scoring average in his four wins is 67.00.
Gary Woodland

For the second straight year Gary Woodland finished runner-up at the CIMB Classic.

Woodland’s strength is his length and he managed to birdie three of the four par-5s on Sunday, however he was only 6-under for the week on those holes.

This is Woodland’s best finish on TOUR since last year’s CIMB Classic where he lost in a playoff to Ryan Moore.

Kevin Na

With two holes to play Kevin Na trailed Ryan Moore by one shot. Na recorded a double-bogey on No. 17 after he hit his ball into a tree and had to take a penalty. Na was able to bounce back with a birdie on the 72nd hole to move into a tie for second with Garcia and Woodland.

This is the sixth runner-up finish of Na’s career on TOUR. Most recently Na finished second last season at the Valspar Championship and at the Memorial Tournament where he lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama.

Na has led/co-led after 54 holes four times in his career and has only converted one of those chances into a win.

Sergio Garcia

Making his 2014-15 PGA TOUR debut Sergio Garcia finished tied for second after a final round 69. Garcia’s lone blemish, a double-bogey, came at the par-5, 10th, hole after taking a penalty for a lost tee shot.

Garcia has now recorded 13 runner-up performances in 277 starts on TOUR.

Garcia retakes No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings from Jim Furyk after being jumped following the conclusion of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Cameron Smith

In his PGA TOUR debut Australia’s Cameron Smith finished T5 at this week’s CIMB Classic which makes him eligible to play the PGA TOUR’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi next week. Smith, a member of the Asian Tour, has earned $161,476 in eight events coming into the PGA TOUR’s CIMB Classic and was ranked 13th on the Order of Merit. He jumps up to No. 4 after collecting $266,000 this week.

Miscellaneous stats

In addition to 500 FedExCup points and a two-year PGA TOUR exemption, the CIMB Classic champion receives invitations to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, a winners-only event in January, along with two major championships (Masters Tournament and PGA Championship) and THE PLAYERS. The player would also earn exemptions into six additional invitational events and a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR.

On Sunday David Love III recorded his first top-10 performance on the PGA TOUR since the McGladrey Classic in 2012. Love posted all pars on his final nine and finished T8.

Asian Tour members Angelo Que and Prom Meesawat also qualified for the next weeks Sanderson Farms Championship with their T8 performances. Que will make the trip to Jackson while Meesewat will stay in Asia and focus on the Order of Merit race.

Bogey-free rounds:

R1 – Rikard Karlberg (65), Billy Hurley III (67), Will Mackenzie (69)
R2 – Lee Westwood (65), Luke Guthrie (67), Kevin Streelman (68)
R3 – Kevin Na (67)
R4 – Jonas Blixt (66), Danny Lee (68), David Love III (68), Cameron Smith (68), Scott Stallings (68), Rikard Karlberg (69)

Source: PGA TOUR


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