Nick Watney (FJ Sport) 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 a stroke ahead of 2011 champion and FJ Ambassador Bo Van Pelt. 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. Van Pelt (XPS-1) tied for second, carding 66 after starting the round tied for the lead.
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.