Moore hits the jackpot
Ryan Moore sealed his second Tour victory with a one-shot victory at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Ryan Moore recorded his second Tour victory on Sunday with a one-shot victory at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Moore fired a closing round of 66 to finish on 24-under-par, just edging out Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe.
The title ends a long wait for Moore who hasn’t won a title since his maiden victory in August 2009 at the Wyndham Championship. The 30-year-old could have chosen few better places to break the duck, winning $810,000 at his home tournament.
“It’s been an unbelievable week,” said Moore. “I’ve had such great support with my family and friends out here.”
“The last couple of days were tough,” he added. “I was shot for shot with Brendon, and he was playing some great golf. I was able to make a birdie down the stretch when it mattered to hold him off at the end.”
“He was playing great and he was hitting the ball really well, and he was making putts.
“I tried not to get too wrapped up into what he was doing really for the last two days. I just tried to keep my head and just keep hitting my golf shots, and playing the golf course how I wanted to play it and just give myself opportunities.”
Heading into the final round tied with de Jonge and Jonas Blixt, it was Moore who did just enough to hold off the competition, notching up seven birdies which were offset by just two bogeys.
De Jonge held firm throughout his round, but having reached 23-under by the 13th, his failure to produce anything other than pars on the closing holes proved his downfall.
Blixt was unable to every really get his round going, mustering a one-under round of 70.
Indeed it appeared at one stage that Moore’s major challenger would be Jason Day of Australia who took the turn in a record-equalling seven-under-par 28 but a solitary birdie and a double bogey at the last put pay to his chances.
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