Rain delays finish at CIMB Classic
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — After a day of constant lead changes and rain delays, Gary Woodland and Ryan Moore had to wait until today to decide the CIMB Classic.
Woodland and Moore tied for the lead at 14-under 274 after the final round Sunday, a stroke ahead of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
The sudden-death playoff was postponed until this morning because of darkness.
In a steady rain with shadows being cast by floodlights, Woodland had a chance to win on the 18th hole but missed a 10-foot birdie putt just wide by an inch.
Woodland settle for a 3-under 69. Moore shot 70.
Aphibarnrat also had a 70, and Stroud finished with a 71.
The tournament is an official PGA Tour event for the first time. The winner will receive a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters.
SHANGHAI — Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano chipped in for birdie on the tough 17th hole that became more important than he realized in winning the BMW Masters.
The 33-year-old Spaniard was flawless at Lake Malaren until it no longer mattered. The birdie gave him a three-shot lead going to the final hole, and Fernandez-Castano needed every one of them. He hit into two bunkers and had to make a 2-foot putt for double bogey to close with a 4-under 68 and win by a shot.
No matter. The seventh win of his career was one of the biggest for Fernandez-Castano.
It got him into the HSBC Champions next week in Shanghai, and made him a contender in the Race to Dubai at No. 4 in the money list. He also moves into the top 50 in the world, which is important for him as he plays a full PGA Tour schedule for the first time.
Fernandez-Castano finished on 11-under 277, one shot clear of Francesco Molinari (64) and Thongchai Jaidee (66). Luke Guthrie, the 23-year-old American making his first trip to Asia, lost the outright lead for the first time since Thursday when he missed a short par putt on the opening hole, and he never got it back. Guthrie closed with a 71 to finish fourth, two shots behind.
YANGMEI, Taiwan — Suzann Pettersen successfully defended her title in the LPGA Taiwan Championship for her fourth tour victory of the year and third 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. Pettersen finished at 9-under 279 and earned $300,000 for her 14th LPGA Tour title. She has five LPGA Tour victories in Asia and won a Ladies European Tour event in China this year.
Munoz, the former Arizona State player from Spain, shot a 70. She was within a stroke after Pettersen bogeyed the par-5 ninth, but fell back on the back nine. Pettersen birdied Nos. 13, 14 and 18, and Munoz birdied the 12th before dropping stokes on Nos. 13 and 16.
The second-ranked Pettersen won the LPGA Lotte in Hawaii in April and had consecutive victories in September in the Safeway Classic in Oregon and the Evian Championship in France.
She pushed her season money total to $2,241,847, leaving her $93,613 behind top-ranked Inbee Park with three tournaments left. Park, a six-time winner this year, did not compete in Taiwan.
SAN ANTONIO — Kenny Perry made an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer to win the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship.
Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203 on TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Canyons Course. Perry saved par on the final hole of regulation with a 20-foot par putt.
Perry extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup from 494 to 612 points entering the season-ending Schwab Cup Championship next week in San Francisco. The top 30 on the money list qualified for the finale, though Perry and Langer are the only players with a shot at the $1 million annuity for the points title.
Perry won the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive tour starts this summer and has five career victories on the 50-and-over circuit He won 14 times on the PGA Tour.
Fred Funk, Colin Montgomerie and Kirk Triplett tied for third, two shots back. Funk shot 67, Triplett had a 68 and Montgomerie a 69.
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