You Oughta Know: 2014 CIMB Classic


Ryan Moore won the 2013 CIMB Classic in a playoff over Gary Woodland. (Getty)

As a native of Las Vegas, Ryan Moore is familiar with playing golf in the heat, so it's not surprising that Moore continues to thrive in the humidity of Malaysia. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the CIMB Classic, where Moore is in position to go back-to-back:

  • Moore holds a share of the lead at 12 under, the identical score and position he held through 54 holes last year, when he went on to win in a playoff. This time around he'll look to become the first player to successfully defend a PGA Tour title since Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2012 and 2013.
  • Moore shares the lead with Kevin Na, who is in search of his second PGA Tour win. Like Moore, Na has some experience in Malaysia: his first win as a professional came at the Asian Tour's Volvo Masters of Asia in 2002.
  • At No. 4 in the OWGR, Sergio Garcia is the highest-ranked player in this week's field and his play through three rounds has backed up that standing. Garcia is one of just three players with all three rounds in the 60s, and he will begin play Sunday at 11 under, one shot off the lead.
  • Gary Woodland lost in a playoff last year, but like Moore he is again in contention in Kuala Lumpur. Woodland carded a 6-under 66 in the third round to move into a tie for fifth, three shots behind Moore and Na as he looks to win for the second time on Tour.
  • Billy Hurley III is hoping to become the first player to make the CIMB Classic his maiden victory. A veteran of the U.S. Naval Academy, Hurley's best finish on Tour is T-4 at both the 2012 AT&T National and 2014 Greenbrier Classic. He'll begin the final round in a tie for third, one shot back.
  • Brendon de Jonge flew more than 10,000 miles after his playoff loss at the McGladrey Classic last week, but he brought his game with him. De Jonge fired a 7-under 65 Saturday, the low round of the day, to surge into the top 10. Through three rounds he is tied for ninth.
  • Sang-Moon Bae is looking to become the first repeat winner of the fledgling season after his victory at the Open last month. Bae sits at 9 under, tied for fifth and four shots back after consecutive rounds of 4-under 68.