Ryan Moore played his final 46 holes at the John Deere Classic without a bogey to finish two clear of fellow American Ben Martin. It was Moore’s first PGA Tour victory since 2014.
Ryan Moore began the final round at Deere Run one stroke ahead of Morgan Hoffman and Ben Martin. He moved two clear early in the round with birdies at the 2nd and 4th holes and he made a further gain at the 9th to turn in 32.
The 33-year-old maintained the pressure on his pursuers with another birdie at the 10th and he kept them at bay with eight straight closing pars.
Moore found 14 of 18 greens in regulation during the final round and suffered just one bogey all week at TPC Deere Run. Although Martin got within two shots, after birdies at the 12th and 14th holes, he was unable to close the gap and Moore had his fifth PGA Tour title. It was his first victory on the circuit since he defended the CIMB Classic in Malaysia back in 2014.
“Every win is a little different,” Moore said. “I like how steady this was, with no bogeys on the weekend.”
3 Talking points from the John Deere Classic
1 – Ryan Moore was bogey free on the weekend to claim his fifth PGA Tour title, in fact he played the last 46 holes without a dropped shot. In his early attempts at TPC Deere Run, Moore enjoyed little success and he dropped the event from his schedule in 2009. He came back to the tournament in 2012 and had never finished outside the top-25 since then.
Moore has climbed to 50th on the Official World Golf Ranking and 23rd on the FedEx Cup standings. He now has a good chance of making the Tour Championship for the first time since 2012.
“I want to keep getting better,” he said. “I think I can accomplish great things in this game.”
2 – With the top 125 on the FedEx Cup standings advancing to the first playoff event, The Barclays, the battle for places is intensifying – just one more event, the Wyndham Championship, remains before the start of the playoffs. Johnson Wagner has moved to 109th in the standings and Keegan Bradley is up to 105th – both should make it to Bethpage Black. Scott Stallings at 126th has work to do and Nick Taylor, who missed the cut at TPC Deere Run, dropped from 120th to 128th.
3 – Adam Hadwin of Canada and the USA’s Kevin Na enjoyed fine weekends at TPC Deere Run. Both men fired 67, 64 to climb the board, moving from mediocrity into the top-10. Both finished tied 8th.
Na is currently 10th on the FedEx Cup standings and is in a great position to make The Tour Championship. Hadwin has climbed to 86th and has great improved his chances of making it beyond The Barclays in the playoffs. “Securing points at this stage in the season is big,” he said.
John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
Purse $4,800,000, par 71
1 Ryan Moore (USA) 65 65 65 67 262 $864,000
2 Ben Martin (USA) 66 68 62 68 264 $518,400
T3 Morgan Hoffman (USA) 67 67 62 71 267 $278,400
T3 Whee Kim (Kor) 69 67 64 67 267 $278,400
T5 Ricky Barnes (USA) 69 68 65 67 269 $175,200
T5 Kelly Kraft (USA) 69 64 67 69 269 $175,200
T5 Johnson Wagner (USA) 68 64 67 70 269 $175,200
T8 Wes Bryan (USA) 66 64 70 70 270 $124,800
T8 Bud Cauley (USA) 67 68 66 69 270 $124,800
T8 Adam Hadwin (Can) 71 68 67 64 270 $124,800
T8 Andrew Landry (USA) 69 67 67 67 270 $124,800
T8 Steve Marino (USA) 66 65 70 69 270 $124,800
T8 Kevin Na (USA) 69 70 67 64 270 $124,800
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage