Lahiri totalled one-over 289 over four days and earned USD 16,415.

American Ryan Moore (67) successfully defended his title after a holding off the combined challenges from last year’s runner-up Gary Woodland (67), Kevin Na (70) and Sergio Garcia (69) who were all tied for second.

Tied for the overnight lead, Moore, 31, produced glorious golf down the stretch at a sun-kissed Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to shoot a five-under-par 67 for a three-stroke victory. He pocketed USD 1.26 million with his winning total of 17-under-par 271.

Lahiri once again had a roller-coaster of a round. He had five birdies, two bogeys and two double bogeys.

Starting on the 10th, he bogeyed 12th and then birdied 13th and 14th. A double bogey on 17th was followed by a birdie on 18th as he turned in even par 36. On the second stretch he birdied first and fifth, but bogeyed third and double bogeyed his closing hole, the ninth. Overall he had four double bogeys during the week.

Talking about expectations, he said, “Not really. I think it’s more to do with my own expectations. You know, I expected myself to play better, play more consistently, and you know, I just was nowhere near my game right from the start.

“I just couldn’t get focused and then string together six, eight, nine good holes. I’d have just too many loose shots. I hit 15 greens today and shot over par, and that’s been my story. I’ve been hitting it 10, 15 feet and just not even coming close. So I need to turn that around, work a little bit on my putting next week.

“I had great difficulty adjusting to the greens this week, which is disappointing considering again that I played it a lot. So lots of negatives this week that I need to work on and turn into strengths.”

He added, “I am very disappointed. I played nowhere near my potential. I just really struggled around the greens, made a lot of birdies, but dropped so many shots.”

Na, a former Asian Tour rookie of the year, battled tooth-and-nail with Moore for much of the final round but missed makeable birdie chances on 14 and 16 before his hopes took a dent when an errant tee shot on 17 got stuck in the trees that led to a double bogey.

The Korean-American recovered with a birdie at the last hole for a 70 to tie Woodland, who carded a 67 and world number four Garcia, who posted a closing 69, in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR.

Asian Tour rookie Cameron Smith of Australia extended his dream season by finishing tied fifth on 276 alongside Korea’s Bae Sang-moon, an Asian Tour graduate, while Filipino Angelo Que and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat were amongst those who shared eighth position on 278, with all three earning exemptions into next week’s PGA TOUR event in Mississippi.

Moore birdied three of the last five holes to race home to his fourth PGA TOUR victory and become the first repeat champion at the CIMB Classic, which started in 2010 as the first PGA TOUR event held in Southeast Asia.

“It was incredible to finish the way I did. Coming down to the last few holes, I like to tell myself all the time that I’m a closer. That’s what I play golf for. These are the moments and what I’m out here for, so let’s do what we can.

Let’s just hit good shots, and let’s see if we can close this thing, and I was able to do that,” said a delighted Moore.

Na, who won his first professional title in Malaysia in 2002 and chasing a second PGA TOUR victory, led by one at the turn before Moore drew level with his fifth birdie of the day on 10. The pivotal moment came on the drivable par four 14th hole when Na found the green while Moore laid up.

As it turned out, Na three-putted for par while Moore hit a superb approach for an easy birdie to lead for the first time on his own in the final round. He sandwiched a bogey with birdies on 15 and 17 but it was enough to allow him to stroll home at the last hole.

“On 14, Kevin hit a great drive that looked like kind of almost like a two-putt for birdie and I had laid up, but that was my strategy. And to hit a great wedge shot in there was perfect,” said Moore.

Na was disappointed to let victory slip from his grasp.

“It was my tournament but Ryan played fantastic. Hats off to him, he deserves it. It’s disappointing when you know you had the lead and it’s yours,” said Na.

Garcia, the highest ranked player in the field, stayed within touch of the leaders with an outward 33 but a poor drive on 10 led to a double bogey seven which eventually took the steam out of his title run.

The 22-year-old Smith, a former Australian amateur champion, enjoyed his sixth straight top-10 on the Asian Tour and picked up USD 226,000 for his biggest career cheque thus far which moved him up to fourth place on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.

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