CIMB Classic 2012: Day 4 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIOctober 28, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 28:  Nick Watney of USA tees off on the 6th  hole during day four of the CIMB Classic at The MINES Resort & Golf Club on October 28, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Nick Watney capped off a great showing at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia Sunday with his best performance of the tournament, firing a 61 to claim victory. 

After shooting a 71 in the opening round, Watney finished the tournament strong with a 65, 65 and 61 to land at 22-under par by tournament's end.

The CIMB Classic was a great tournament played on a beautiful course. The beauty of the course was matched by the beauty of the game as 30 golfers turned out -10 or better performances.

Tiger Woods even played a great four rounds of golf showing consistency during the weekend, something we haven't seen much of this year. 

Malaysia turned out a great event and the golfers came through with a fantastic showing. Here is a closer look at the final leaderboard, highlights and reaction. 


Final Leaderboard

Position Name Score Total
1 Nick Watney 61 -22
T2 Robert Garrigus 66 -21
T2 Bo Van Pelt 66 -21
T4 Tiger Woods 63 -19
T4 Brendon de Jonge 66 -19
T4 Chris Kirk 67 -19
7 Carl Pettersson 62 -18
8 Jbe' Kruger 68 -17
9 Pat Perez 65 -16
T10 Scott Piercy 62  -15



Nick Watney putts his way to victory after shooting a fourth round 61. The result was the second international victory for Watney. 

Jbe' Kruger solidified his top-10 finish by burying this 42-foot-putt for eagle from just off the green. This putt capped off a great four rounds of golf for Kruger.

Aside from failing to win majors, Tiger Woods has had a great season. Check out this beautiful shot on the par-5 17th hole. He rolls a sweet shot just within feet of the hole. He would move to -19 with a birdie. 


Twitter Reaction

Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman gives praise to Nick Watney for his performance on Sunday and Tiger Woods for churning up to fourth place.

Nick Watney shoots lowest round of tournament (61) to win CIMB Classic by 1. Tiger Woods shoots 63 to rally to T4.

— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) October 28, 2012

Mohd Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, sent Nick Watney and the rest of the competitors home on this note via his Twitter feed.

Congratulations to golfer Nick Watney who won the CIMB Classic PGA Tour Event this afternoon. Hope everyone involved had a great day out.

— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) October 28, 2012

William McGirt's Twitter feed gives praise to Watney's final round performance.

Congrats to Nick Watney on winning @cimbclassic. Heck of a final round! #59watchagain

— William McGirt (@WilliamMcGirt) October 28, 2012

Watney's domination in the final round proved that he was ready for the moment. When most people shrink under the pressure of Tiger Woods and other notable players behind him, Watney shined brightest.

When players take a step back on the final day because of the tournament pressure, Watney provided his best performance of the tournament. 

Watney deserved this victory, and it very well could be a victory he carries over to the 2013 season. 


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