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Monday, November 3, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 CIMB Classic

Winner: Ryan Moore

Around the wider world of golf: Inbee Park won the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship; Ryan Lynch won the WA Goldfields PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Tom Pernice Jr. won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on the Champions Tour; Marcel Siem won the BMW Masters on the ET; Julian Etulain won the Lexus Peru Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Momoko Ueda won the Hisako Higuchi Morinaga Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details).

Ryan Moore with trophy

There's an old proverb that says "the best defense is a strong offense." The idea is that if your enemy is busy defending himself against your attacks, it's going to be really hard for him to organize an attack of his own against you.

Did CIMB Classic defending champion Ryan Moore have this proverb in mind as he teed it up in Kuala Lumpur this past week? I don't know... but he certainly seemed to have it in mind by the final round. The Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club is generally considered a bomber's paradise but he just plodded his way around, posting birdies and letting his opponents struggle to keep pace.

Both Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na nipped at his heels -- even occasionally taking a small lead -- but, under Moore's steady play, found themselves needing to take risks that finally caught up with them. Despite amazing drives and approach shots (like Na's approach on the drivable par-4 14th), coupled with incredible up-and-downs (like Sergio's scramble on the same hole), Ryan Moore simply hit it close and sank the putts.

Even Gary Woodland, the bomber who came in second to Moore in 2013, could do no better than match Ryan's final round 67.

Yes, he came in second again.

Ryan becomes the first PGA Tour player to successfully defend a title in 2014. But Moore importantly (sorry, I couldn't resist) he also gets this week's Limerick Summary.
At the end of last year, Ryan came
To Kuala Lumpur with the aim
Of imposing his will
On that star-studded field…
And this year, they got Moore of the same.
The photo came from the tournament daily wrap-up page at PGATOUR.com.

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