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
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
- 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