Moore retains CIMB Classic title in Malaysia

Sun Nov 2, 2014 5:36am EST
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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 and second Asian Tour title.

"It was incredible to finish the way I did," he told a news conference.

"Coming down to the last few holes, I like to tell myself all the time that I'm a closer. That's what I play golf for."

"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.

He made three birdies on the front nine but lost his chance with a double bogey on the par-five 10th.

"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," Garcia said.   Continued...