Moore takes John Deere Classic
SILVIS, ILL. — 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.
The 33-year-old Moore finished at 22-under 262 at TPC Deere Run, playing the final 46 holes without a bogey and making only one in 72 holes. He won for the first time since successfully defending his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia in 2014.
Martin had three straight back-nine birdies in a 68.
South Korea's Whee Kim shot 67 to tie for third with Morgan Hoffmann (71) at 17 under.
Moore birdied Nos. 2, 4, 9 and 10 and closed with eight pars. He had a five-stroke lead when Hoffmann bogeyed the 12th hole. Martin, playing with Moore in the final twosome, birdied Nos. 12-14, but couldn't get closer than two strokes. Martin parred his last four holes, and Hoffmann his final six.
Moore hit 13 of 14 fairways in the final round and 14 of 18 greens in regulation, including the 18th, which he two-putted from 47 feet for the victory. He opened with three straight 65s in the event thrown off schedule by rain Thursday and Friday.
Jordan Spieth chose not to defend his title because he didn't think it would be appropriate in light of his decision to skip the Rio Olympics.
Wesley Bryan, the leader Friday when play was suspended, tied for eighth at 14 under after his second straight 70. He earned a PGA Tour card last week with his third Web.com Tour victory of the year.
NCAA champion Aaron Wise followed his third-round 63 with a 70 to tie for 16th at 12 under in his PGA Tour debut as a pro. The former Oregon player won a PGA Tour Canada event two weeks ago in Edmonton, Alberta.
Zach Johnson, the 2012 winner and member of the tournament's board, shot a 69 to tie for 34th at 9-under 275. He's from nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Steve Stricker had a 72 to tie for 52nd at 6 under. The 49-year-old Stricker, a former University of Illinois player from Wisconsin, won the event in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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