Nick Watney shoots 61 to win in Malaysia; Woods finishes T4
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Nick Watney missed a chance for a 59 on Sunday in his CIMB Classic victory, closing with a course-record 10-under 61 at The Mines despite a bogey at the 18th.
Needing a birdie on the par-4 18th for a 59, Watney drove into the left rough, failed to reach the green with his approach and left his long birdie pitch just short of the putting surface.
The American finished at 22-under 262 and earned $1.3 million in the unofficial PGA Tour event, finishing one stroke ahead of 2011 champion Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus and three ahead of Tiger Woods. The tournament will become a full-fledged PGA Tour event next year when the tour begins its new season in October after the FedEx Cup.
"I saw Tiger got off to a good start, so I wasn't really thinking about winning when I teed off," Watney said. "But the round sort of built momentum and things just kept getting better and better. I'm thrilled to have come away with the win."
Van Pelt and Garrigus tied for second, each carding 66 after starting the last round sharing for the lead. Needing a birdie on 18 to force a playoff, Van Pelt saved par after heading into a greenside bunker. On Saturday, needing a closing birdie for a 59, he made a double bogey for a 62.
After five birdies on the first seven holes, Woods finished with a 63 to tie for fourth at 19 under with Chris Kirk and Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge. Kirk shot 67, and de Jonge had a 66.
The players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways for the last three rounds because the course was soaked by tropical overnight storms.
Watney won the FedEx Cup opener at Bethpage Black in August for his fifth official PGA Tour victory.
The heat, humidity and rain on the par-71 course in Kuala Lumpur combined to make it a unique win for Watney.
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