LAS VEGAS — With a bit of home cooking, former UNLV star Ryan Moore polished off a record-setting performance with a 5-under 66 to win the PGA Tour’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by a shot over Brendon de Jonge.
Here are 5 Things to take away from the week that was at TPC Summerlin:
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1. MOORE IS BETTER: To say that no one say this coming would be inaccurate, as Ryan Moore had been flirting with a victory for the past four tournaments.
But rough final rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship (72), BMW Championship (70) and Tour Championship (70; after tying for the lead on the back-nine) kept the Las Vegas native from cashing in.
Things changed on Sunday, with Moore holding off de Jonge by a single shot after a nice birdie on the par-5 16th hole moved him to 24 under.
It is Moore’s second career victory, also winning the 2009 Wyndham Championship.
“To come out on top, it’s an incredible feeling. The last couple days it was tough,” said Moore, who earned $810,000 for the victory and has made $2,858,944 this season.
“I was shot for shot with Brendon and he was playing some great golf. I was just able to make a birdie at the right time there at the end and just hold him off.”
Moore had 26 birdies on the week, while finishing first with 1.567 putts per green in regulation, was T-4 in greens in regulation (83.3 percent) and second in strokes gained putting (2.517).
Moore is the first former Runnin’ Rebel to win the tournament.
“I think it means a lot to the program and for the program just to have somebody come through it and come back and win this event,” said Moore. “It hasn’t happened yet, so I’m excited that I’m one that did it.”
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2. HOLDING STEADY: Brendon de Jonge entered Sunday in a three-way tie for the lead, the second time he had done that in 2012. The last time didn’t end so well.
De Jonge paired with Tiger Woods at the AT&T National in the final group, only to fire a 6-over 77 on Sunday to slip down to T-8.
TPC Summerlin was kinder to de Jonge, with the native of Zimbabwe firing a 4-under 67 to cap off an impressive tournament that saw him card rounds of 62-66-66-67. The 62 was a tournament record.
“It felt like I putted from 10, 12 feet all week really,” said de Jonge. “Obviously the first round I made my share, and then kind of cooled off a little bit after that. It’s golf.”
With the solo second-place finish, de Jonge picked up a $486,000 check, his third top-10 of the season and his 25th made cut in 29 tournaments.
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3. WHAT A DAY: It has been a fairly rough year for Jason Day, missing three cuts and withdrawing once in 16 tournaments, making only $918,313 entering this week’s tournament. He made $3,962,647 in 2011.
But he has shown signs of coming out of his funk, including his fourth-place finish at the Timberlake this week. That included a 7-under 28 on the front-nine on Sunday, cooling off a bit on the back side to card a 6-under 65.
That 65 included a double-bogey at the par-4 18th hole.
“I think obviously the only blemish was obviously the missed greened on 18, but I thought I was going to shoot 59 today just the way things were going,” said Day, who picked up $216,000 this week. “I was hitting it good; I was putting it good, too. Just didn’t capitalize on the opportunities I had on the back nine.”
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4. GREAT SCOTT: Quick, name the hottest American golfer over the past three months? Well, that answer might be a bit subjective, but Scott Piercy could make a case for himself.
Over his past 12 tournaments, Piercy has six finishes inside the top 20, including a win at the RBC Canadian Open and third-place finish at the John Deere Classic.
He also picked up his fourth top-10 with a final-round, 7-under 64 on Sunday to move from T-35 to T-6 in Vegas.
Piercy played in all four FedEx Cup Playoffs events despite missing eight cuts over his first 18 tournaments in 2012.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: John Daly was in contention thru two rounds at 10 under, but fired a 15-over 86 on Saturday and followed that with a 6-over 77 to finish last of those that made the cut. Daly was one of four players to finish at over par at TPC Summerlin . . . Nick Watney, who struggled at times after winning the FedEx Cup Playoffs opener at the Barclays, picked up his fifth top-10 of the season with rounds of 66-66-71-69 . . . Rookie John Huh finished T-13 in Vegas, good enough for his 12th top-25 finish of the season. He has earned $2,692,113 on the season . . . Jonas Blixt, tied for the lead at the outset of the fourth round, fired a 1-under 70 to finish solo third.