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Moore mows down field at John Deere Classic

Monday, 15 August 2016

Ryan Moore plays a shot on the 12th green during the final round of the John Deere Classic on August 14, 2016 in Silvis, Illinois
Ryan Moore plays a shot on the 12th green during the final round of the John Deere Classic on August 14, 2016 in Silvis, Illinois

American Ryan Moore shot a closing round of 67 at the John Deere Classic to earn a two-shot victory and claim his fifth career PGA Tour title.

The 33-year-old Moore finished in near darkness after a marathon Saturday session but he returned Sunday morning none the worse for wear and managed to hold off the rest of the field.

Moore finished at 22-under 262 at Deere Run course after shooting 65s in each of the first three rounds.

“It’s one I’ve grown to like more over the past few years,” Moore said of the Deere Run. “I’ve come to appreciate how well it fits me and suits my game.

“I think that’s where a lot of the good play comes from — just being comfortable and confident, and when I show up here, I feel like I can win.”

Runner-up Ben Martin tried to make a run with three consecutive birdies on the back nine but fell short with a 68 in the fourth round.

Tied for third at 267 were Kim Whee of South Korea and Morgan Hoffmann who shot a closing 71. Kim wrapped up the weekend with a 67.

In winning for the fifth time on the US Tour, Moore was steady coming in. He recorded eight consecutive pars to complete 72 holes on top of the leaderboard, including a two-putt from 46 feet on the final hole. He led by five shots after Hoffmann bogeyed No. 12, and no one could mount a challenge.

Moore had birdies on the second, fourth, ninth and 10th holes on Sunday.

“I liked how steady it was,” Moore said. “I feel like this is the kind of golf I can play — just really solid and really steady, no bogeys on the weekend.”

Defending champion Jordan Spieth was not entered this week after also deciding to skip the Olympic Games.

Source by: AFP

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