KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – American Ryan Moore won the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Sunday, successfully defending the title he won last year.
Moore started the final day tied for the lead with countryman Kevin Na but finished three shots clear of the field at 17-under-par after closing with a 67.
His final round featured eight birdies and although he also made three bogeys, the 31-year-old held his composure to claim his fourth career PGA Tour title.
“It’s been a great week, I’m a little bit lost for words,” Moore said in a televised interview. “To come back and defend a title, it’s something I’ve never before.”
Spain’s Sergio Garcia, the highest-ranked player in the field at fourth in the world, drained a long par putt on the final hole to finish with a 69 in a three-way tie for second.
Na rebounded from a double-bogey on the penultimate hole to birdie the last and sign for a 70, joining Garcia and Gary Woodland at 14 under.
Woodland, who lost a Monday playoff to Moore in last year’s tournament, carded a 67 but missed his chance to finish outright second when he bogeyed the last.