Ryan Moore‘s 66 on Sunday was enough to earn a win at the Justin Timberlake-sponsored Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and his second PGA Tour victory. Moore finished the event at -24 after a weekend that produced some extremely low rounds. He was able to remain in contention throughout the weekend after his first-round 61 gave him an early lead. Nipping at his heels was Brendon de Jonge who also started well with a first-round 62. He was unable to surpass Moore in the final round as he finished the tournament just as he started it, one stroke behind the streaking American.
The tournament field included some notables such as John Daly and Vijay Singh. Consistency in the early rounds unraveled for these big names as they fell out of contention. Daly’s second-round 63 was one of the lowest rounds of the tournament, but was overshadowed by his glaring 86 on Saturday. Singh’s decline was less dramatic as he played even on Saturday and 3-over on Sunday to fall to a tie for 36th.
Playing in his home town, Moore entered the final round in a three way tie for first. Knotted at the top with de Jonge and Jonas Blixt, Moore strung together birdies on the second and third holes to gain some separation from his Sunday playing partners. Despite a late push from de Jonge that included birdies on nos. 8 and 9, another Moore-birdie was enough for the former UNLV star to pull away for good. Moore’s victory puts him at 36th on the money list and gives him 7 top-ten finishes on the year.