KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The rain and the delays were all worth it for Ryan Moore, who seems to play his best golf this time of year.
Moore won the CIMB Classic in a playoff with Gary Woodland on Monday, birdieing the first hole for his third PGA Tour victory.
Thunderstorms, resulting in about 3½ hours of delays, and fading light Sunday forced organizers to complete the tournament the next day.
Moore scrambled just to make the playoff, hitting an awkward 60-yard wedge shot on the 18th hole Sunday that dropped within several feet of the hole and allowed him to salvage par. He and Woodland finished regulation at 14-under 274.
In the playoff, Moore hit a strong approach with an 8-iron to the same green. The ball stopped about 5 feet from the cup, setting up his winning putt.
"I had a great opportunity there on 18 with my third shot and it was just an absolute perfect number," he said. "It was coincidentally the exact shot I was working on on the range."
It had been about a year since he won his second title, at the 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
"I've always enjoyed playing in the fall. I'm not sure why," he said. "It's actually kind of funny. I won a week before my son (Tucker) was born last year. I won a week after (his birthday) this year."
Woodland, also trying to win his third PGA Tour title, had a chance to end things as dusk was descending in a steady rain Sunday evening. But he missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have given him the title.
"I hit it where I wanted to," Woodland said. "It just broke more. I can see it now. It was a little lighter out right now. I can see it broke a little more, but it is what it is."
He pulled his approach shot to the 18th green wide Monday, leaving himself a difficult chip from the rough that he couldn't hole for birdie.