PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

October 27, 2013

Stroud misses playoff by one shot in CIMB Classic


Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia —  After a day of constant lead changes and rain delays, Gary Woodland and Ryan Moore will have to wait one more day to decide who takes home the CIMB Classic trophy.

Woodland and Moore finished tied for the lead at 14-under 274 after the final round on Sunday, a stroke ahead of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud at 13 under. The sudden-death playoff was postponed until Monday morning due to darkness.

In a steady rain with shadows being cast by the floodlights overhead, Woodland had a chance to win the title on the 18th hole but missed a 10-foot birdie putt just wide by an inch.

"I thought I made it when I looked up and it just broke too much at the end there," he said. "But it was a tough day and obviously to come down to the last putt, obviously I'd like to have made it."

Stroud, seeking his first victory, rallied on the back nine with three birdies for an incoming 34. It wasn't enough, however, to overcome a ninth hole double bogey out of the rough that included a three-put. Needing birdie on the par 5, 18th, he wound up settling for a par.

Moore, the co-overnight leader, made a nice up-and-down recovery on 18, after hitting into the rough to salvage par and force the playoff.

"I was scrambling there on the last hole just to somehow make a par and kind of see what happens at that point, and fortunately, I still get another shot at it," he said.

The back nine was filled with suspense as the names atop the leaderboard kept shuffling back and forth and thunderstorms twice delayed play for a total of about 3½ hours.

Both Woodland and Moore are aiming for their third PGA Tour title.