PGA Tour

Moore mows down field at John Deere Classic

2016-08-15 06:32
Ryan Moore (AFP)

Los Angeles - American Ryan Moore shot a closing round of 67 at the John Deere Classic on Sunday 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 on 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.

Leading final-round scores on Sunday at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois (USA unless stated):

262 - Ryan Moore 65-65-65-67

264 - Ben Martin 66-68-62-68

267 - Kim Whee (KOR) 69-67-64-67, Morgan Hoffmann 67-67-62-71

269 - Ricky Barnes 69-68-65-67, Kelly Kraft 69-64-67-69, Johnson Wagner 68-64-67-70

270 - Kevin Na 69-70-67-64, Adam Hadwin (CAN) 71-68-67-64, Andrew Landry 69-67-67-67, Steve Marino 66-65-70-69, Wesley Bryan 66-64-70-70, Bud Cauley 67-68-66-69

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