Moore wins 5th PGA Tour title at John Deere
Ryan Moore won the John Deere Classic on Sunday for his fifth PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Ben Martin.
Moore birdied the 2nd, 4th, 9th and 10th and closed with eight pars in a solid final round. Earlier Moore hit 13 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation, including the 18th, which he two-putted from 14 metres for the victory.
He had opened with three straight 65′s in the event thrown off schedule by rain Thursday and Friday.
Martin, who was playing alongside Moore, made his move on the back nine on Sunday, birdieing holes 12 through 14 to get within two, but his bid stalled as Moore applied the pressure.
Before turning professional, Moore won the NCAA Championship, US Amateur and Amateur Public Links yet his joy of claiming another PGA Tour title was obvious, even if expectations were that he would have accumulated more tour wins by now on the back of an impressive amateur career.
“If you would have asked me when I was a senior in college if I would have thought 12 years into my career, would I have more than five wins, I would have said yeah,” said Moore, 33, on Sunday.
“But at that point in time, I had won every tournament I played and hit it perfect every single day. A few injuries changed that over the years. Even just to keep my card and stay out here for, I think this is my 12th season this year is an achievement in itself.”
Morgan Hoffmann and Whee Kim finished tied for third at 17 under.
With the victory, Moore jumped from No. 62 to No. 23 on the FedExCup points standings, and from 33 to 23 on the Ryder Cup points list.
After next weekend’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, the points race will conclude the following weekend at the Barclays on the Bethpage Black course in Farmington, New York.
2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy gave an indication that he still can compete with the 39-year-old closing with 68 to finish 12-under in a tie for 16th to be the best of the Australians.
Cameron Smith was a shot further back in a tie for 22nd while Matt Jones finished 10-under to share 27th place. Stuart Appleby tied for 40th on 8-under with Rod Pampling at the tail of the cut mark at 2-over.
Rhein Gibson, Mark Hensby, Robert Allenby, Gavin Coles, John Senden, Jarryd Lyle, Cameron Percy and Steven Bowditch all had time on their hands missing the weekend, with Allenby again making headlines for the wrong reasons after being arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing outside a local casino.
Allenby spent less than an hour in custody on Saturday morning before making $US1500 ($A1948) bond. The Victorian had missed the cut at the tournament after finishing even with rounds of 70 and 72.