Our Player in Focus, Ryan Moore (pictured) , won his second US Tour title at the JT Shriners Open on Sunday afternoon. The Nevada resident and graduate of the University of Las Vegas won the title by one shot from Brendon de Jonge of South Africa.
Moore’s final round of five under par 66 included seven birdies and 2 bogeys. He played the back nine in four under par without a blemish on the card. The winning score of 24 under was two strokes better than the average over the last six years.
TPC Summerlin is a desert course that is set up to accommodate all standards of play, including that of high handicap amateurs. It’s only defences are wind and slick greens. However, conditions were benign and the greens had been softened.
The course was the easiest par 71 on the schedule last year and yet again the tournament became a putting contest. Moore led the stats for putting last week and his form on the greens was the key factor in determining the outcome of the tournament.
Three players led the rest of the field by five shots ahead of the final round. Jonas Blixt was the other player in the mix and he did nothing wrong in the fourth round. However, he didn’t hole as many putts as Moore and de Jonge and finished third, four shots back.
At the start of the day the winner looked almost certain to come from the three overnight leaders. However, Jason Day played the front nine in 28 strokes, 7 under par. He got within a shot of the lead but couldn’t maintain that level over the back nine and ultimately finished fourth.
Brendan Grace won the fourth time this year on the European Tour at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He is now up to third in the Race to Dubai standings and has a good chance of catching the leader, Rory McIlroy, who is unlikely to appear during the remainder of the regular season in Europe.