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CIMB Classic 2013: Daily Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 24, 2013

CIMB Classic 2013: Daily Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

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    The 2013 CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Bukit Kiara, Malaysia has come to a close. The co-sanctioned event between the Asian Tour and PGA Tour provided high-scoring fireworks, creating a memorable week of action.

    In the end, it was Ryan Moore who won a Day 5 playoff for the title.

    What a win it was.

    43 golfers registered a score of even-par or better. Nine eclipsed 10-under, and when it was all said and done, it took an extra day of play to determine the winner.

    2012 champion Nick Watney shot a 1-under 287 in 2013. Instead of seeing a repeat, we saw Moore emerge victorious as golfers secured FedEx Cup points and earned a berth at the 2014 Masters.

    Here's how it all transpired.

Day 1 Results

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    Leaderboard provided by PGATour.com.

    RankPlayerCountryTotal
    1.Ryan MooreUSA-9
    2.Keegan BradleyUSA-7
    3.Sergio GarciaSpain-6
    T-4.Rory SabbatiniSouth Africa-5
    T-4.Boo WeekleyUSA-5
    T-4.Kiradech AphibarnratThailand-5
    T-4.Chris KirkUSA-5
    T-4.Chris StroudUSA-5
    T-9.Gary WoodlandUSA-4
    T-9.K.J. ChoiSouth Korea-4
    T-9.Martin LairdScotland-4

     

    Day 1 of the 2013 CIMB Classic is in the books, and a surprising face is at the top: Ryan Moore of the United States. Moore bogeyed No. 1, but proceeded to play flawless golf on the final 17 holes en route to a nine-under start.

    The 30-year-old now has a two-stroke advantage over the field.

    Keegan Bradley isn't too far behind after shooting a first round seven-under. Bradley was bogey-free, converting five birdies on the front nine and two on the back end.

    Sergio Garcia is three strokes back at six-under par after sinking three birdies on both nines. Just like Bradley, Garcia went the entire day without registering a single bogey.

    That kind of consistency is going to be key in this tournament, especially with so many close scores near the top after Day 1.

    Five players are tied at five under, and another three are at four under, leaving the door open for any player to rise up and win.

    As for the biggest name at the event, Phil Mickelson is tied at No. 21 with a score of one under after the opening round. Lefty converted five birdies, but he came up with two double-bogeys on No. 2 and No. 9, respectively. Those are the kinds of mishaps that could doom Mickelson, who is looking for his fourth title of 2013.

    According to Sky Sports, Lefty was well aware of the challenge this course would present prior to the opening round.

    I'm optimistic that I'll play well. The golf course is difficult though. The greens are not holding very well, and that's making it difficult for guys to get the ball close to the hole. I don't think the scores will be that low.

    The rough is extremely thick and difficult around the greens, and I think it's a hard test.

    Meanwhile, reigning champion Nick Watney has struggled, falling to three-over after sinking five bogeys to three birdies. 

    2011 champion Bo Van Pelt sits at even par after recovering from a double-bogey on No. 2 with an eagle on No. 5.

    It was an exciting first day of action that should preface a close battle the rest of the way.

Day 2 Results

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    Day 2 Leaderboard

    Leaderboard courtesy of PGATour.com.

    RankPlayerCountryDay 2 ScoreTotal
    1Keegan BradleyUSA66-13
    2Ryan MooreUSA72-9
    T3Chris StroudUSA69-8
    T3Kiradech AphibarnratThailand69-8
    T5Sergio GarciaSpain71-7
    T5Marc LeishmanAustralia65-7
    T7Gary WoodlandUSA70-6
    T7Stewart CinkUSA68-6
    T7Hideki MatsuyamaJapan68-6
    T7Harris EnglishUSA67-6
    T7Chris KirkUSA71-6

     

    Keegan Bradley continued his scorching play at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, following up Thursday's 66 with a brilliant six-under 66. The 27-year-old is now 13-under and heading into the weekend with a commanding four-shot lead. 

    His compatriot, Ryan Moore, followed up Thursday's dazzling 63 with an even 72, dropping him to second place for the tournament at nine-under. Still, he's far from out of contention. 

    Chris Stroud and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are just behind Moore at eight-under, while Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman round out the top five at seven-under. 

    Leishman, in particular, was on fire on Friday. The Australian had the best score of the day (65) and moved up several spots. 

    Defending champion Nick Watney, meanwhile, bounced back from a disastrous Day 1 with a solid three-under 69, bringing him all the way back to 42nd place. 

    Phil Mickelson shot a two-under 70 and sits in 25th place at three-under overall. 

Day 3 Results

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    Jerry Kelly was the story of Day 3, hitting a fine 66 to move up the leaderboard.
    Jerry Kelly was the story of Day 3, hitting a fine 66 to move up the leaderboard.

    Day 3 Leaderboard

    Leaderboard courtesy of PGATour.com.

    RankPlayerCountryTotal
    T-1.Chris StroudUSA-12
    T-1.Ryan MooreUSA-12
    T-3.Gary WoodlandUSA-11
    T-3.Kiradech AphibarnratThailand-11
    5.Jerry KellyUSA-10
    T-6.Graham DeLaetCanada-9
    T-6.Stuart CinkUSA-9
    T-6.Keegan BradleyUSA-9
    T-9.Kyle StanleyUSA-8
    T-9.Sergio GarciaSpain-8
    T-11.Jimmy WalkerUSA-7

    America's Chris Stroud took hold of Round 3 with a four-under 68 and moved to the summit of the leaderboard.

    Stroud started in blistering fashion with five birdies from the first eight holes, giving himself the platform on which to build his round. He dropped a couple of shots with bogeys on the 12th and 15th holes, but recovered with another birdie on the 16th to solidify an excellent round.

    Stroud's countryman Ryan Moore also continued his fine run over the last few days with a 69 that pushed him up to joint first place. His 63 on Day 1 has kept him in contention throughout, and his round took a similar pattern to Stroud's.

    Moore birdied six of his first 10 holes, then ran into trouble across the final eight holes. From the 12th to the 16th hole, he hit four bogeys and it seemed as if the pressure had affected him.

    However, his round was still a very strong one and his place at the top was thoroughly deserved.

    Elsewhere, Jerry Kelly moved up 13 places with the best round of the day, finishing in fifth place. The American hit a six-under 66 to move up to ten under for the tournament, just two shots off the lead.

    In contrast to the top two, Kelly had no problems over the back nine. The 46-year-old birdied three of the final four holes to cap off a remarkable day.

Day 4 Results

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    Day 4 Leaderboard

    Leaderboard courtesy of PGATour.com.

    Rank

    Player

    Country

    Total

    1.

    Ryan Moore

    USA

    -14

    2.

    Gary Woodland

    USA

    -14

    T-3.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat

    Thailand

    -13

    T-3.

    Chris Stroud

    USA

    -13

     5.

    Aaron Baddeley

    Australia

    -12

    6. 

    Jimmy Walker

    USA

    -11

    T-7.

    Charles Howell III

    USA

    -10

    T-7.

    Harris English

    USA

    -10

    T-7.

    Graham DeLaet

    Canada

    -10

     10.

    Keegan Bradley

    USA

    -9

     

    Things became much more interesting at the scheduled finish of the 2013 CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

    American Gary Woodland had a chance to outright win the event at the end, but narrowly missed the 10-foot birdie. He was fortunate enough to make par from three-feet out and earned faced Ryan Moore in a Monday playoff.

    In the end, it was Moore who came through with the huge win.

    Moore has clinched a berth in the 2014 Masters.

    Unfortunately for the rest of the field, their time at the CIMB Classic has come to an end. Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud came so close, finishing one stroke back and playing extremely well throughout the weekend.

    Australian Aaron Baddeley wasn’t too shabby either, going 12-under-par total after shooting an incredible six-under on the day. Only Bo Van Pelt, who finished five-under and T-19, had a better round. The American was on fire, birdying nine holes and suffering just one double-bogey blemish in the fourth round.

    It was an exciting day with low scores all around, with Moore securing the CIMB Classic title!

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