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Golf roundup: Ryan Moore’s win better late than never

Ryan Moore’s playoff birdie earned him the victory and a spot in the Masters.

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Ryan Moore’s playoff birdie earned him the victory and a spot in the Masters.

Ryan Moore birdied the first hole of a playoff with Gary Woodland on Monday to win the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms.

Moore made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole after Woodland was short with his chip from just off the green.

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Woodland and Moore finished regulation at 14-under-par 274 on Sunday with darkness descending on the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, forcing the playoff to be postponed until Monday morning. The players endured about 3½ hours of delays Sunday.

The tournament was an official PGA Tour event for the first time. Moore received a two-year tour exemption and a spot in the Masters.

The 30-year-old American won for the third time on the tour. He also won the 2009 Wyndham Championship and 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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

Woodland settled for a 3-under 69, and Moore had a 70.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud finished a stroke back.

LPGA — Suzann Pettersen closed with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory over Azahara Munoz and successfully defended her title in the Taiwan Championship in Yangmei. It was her fourth victory of the year and third in five starts.

The Norwegian finished at 9-under 279 and earned $300,000 for her 14th tour title. She has five tour victories in Asia and won a Ladies European Tour event in China this year.

Munoz, the former Arizona State player from Spain, shot a 70. She was within a stroke after Pettersen bogeyed the par-5 ninth, but fell back on the back nine. Pettersen birdied Nos. 13, 14, and 18, and Munoz birdied the 12th before dropping strokes on Nos. 13 and 16.

Caroline Hedwall was third at 2 under after a 70.

Yani Tseng, the Taiwanese star who won the 2011 tournament, had a 72 to tie for 40th at 10 over. Winless in 42 tour events since the 2012 Kia Classic, she has tumbled from first to 25th in the world ranking in seven months.

European — Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano closed with a 4-under 68 for a one-shot win over Francesco Molinari (64) and Thongchai Jaidee (66) in the BMW Masters in Shanghai. The 33-year-old Spaniard finished at 11-under 277.

Luke Guthrie, the 23-year-old American making his first trip to Asia, lost the lead for the first time with a bogey on the opening hole and never got it back. He closed with a 71 to finish alone in fourth.

New Bedford native Peter Uihlein made four birdies on the back nine for a 67 that gave him a share of fifth place with Thomas Bjorn, keeping both in the top 10 on the tour money list with three more events before the World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Champions — Kenny Perry made an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer to win the AT&T Championship in San Antonio.

Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203 on TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Canyons Course. Perry saved par on the final hole of regulation with a 20-foot par putt.

‘‘I made clutch putts just to even hang in there with him,’’ Perry said. ‘‘Putter saved me.’’

Perry extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup from 494 to 612 points entering the season-ending Cup Championship next week in San Francisco. The top 30 on the money list qualified for the finale, though Perry and Langer are the only players with a shot at the $1 million annuity for the points title.

‘‘He’s going in with a very large lead,’’ Langer said. ‘‘I don’t know if it’s over. Theoretically, it’s possible. I'm going to play as well as I can and see what happens.’’

Fred Funk (67), Colin Montgomerie (69), and Kirk Triplett (68) tied for third.

Asia-Pacific Amateur — Lee Chang-woo of South Korea had a 1-under 7o to win the tournament at Longkou City, China, by three shots and earn a trip to the Masters. Defending champion Guan Tianlang shot 73 and finished eight shots behind.

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