Ryan Moore of the USA beat Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge by a single shot to take the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Moore hadn’t won since the 2009 Wyndham Championship, but good finishes in the FedEx Cup playoff events suggested he was close to returning to the winner’s enclosure. The Las Vegas resident fired a final round of 66 to see off fellow 54-hole leaders Brendon de Jonge and Jonas Blixt of Sweden.

The American went clear with early birdies at the 2nd and 3rd holes but de Jonge struck back with birdies of his own at the 8th and 9th. The pair remained tied until the par-5 16th.

Downwind, the 560-yard hole was reachable in two but de Jonge missed the fairway and failed to capitalise. Moore made a birdie and moved one ahead. Both men finished with two pars so the American ran out as a narrow winner.

“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 said. “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.”

Although disappointed to miss out on the title, de Jonge was gracious in defeat.

“Hats off to Ryan,” he said. “He played great, especially down the stretch. He made a couple tough shots in there on 17 and 18, and he pulled them off when he needed to.”

John Daly fired a second round of 63 to move into a tie for sixth place with two rounds remaining. But he followed up with a disastrous 86 on Saturday then a 77 on Sunday to finish dead last.

Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct 4-7, purse $4,500,000, par 71

1   Ryan Moore (USA)   61   68   65   66   260   $810,000
2   Brendon de Jonge (Zim) 62   66   66   67   261   $486,000

3   Jonas Blixt (Swe)      64   64   66   70   264   $306,000
4   Jason Day (Aus)      69   68   64   65   266   $216,000
5   Bill Lunde (USA)      67   69   67   66   269   $180,000
T6   Richard H. Lee (USA)   66   68   71   65   270   $156,375
T6   Scott Piercy (USA)   67   66   73   64   270   $156,375
T8   Blake Adams (USA)   65   70   68   68   271   $135,000

T8   Jason Bohn (USA)   71   66   64   70   271   $135,000
T10   Tim Herron (USA)   63   68   68   73   272   $112,500

T10   Jimmy Walker (USA)   67   66   66   73   272   $112,500
T10   Nick Watney (USA)   66   66   71   69   272   $112,500   

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Where next?
European Tour –
Grace wins Dunhill Links