American Ryan Moore, rock-solid over the closing stretch, fended off playing partner Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe in a final-round duel to win his second PGA Tour title by one shot at the $4.5 million Las Vegas Open today.
Tied for the lead overnight with de Jonge and Swede Jonas Blixt, Las Vegas resident Moore fired a five-under-par 66 in glorious afternoon sunshine at the TPC Summerlin to finish with a 24-under total of 260.
“It’s been an unbelievable week,” a jubilant Moore said on the 18th green after tapping in a short par putt there to clinch victory before thrusting his arms skywards in celebration.
“I have had such great support from a bunch of family and friends out here. When I won the Wyndham, there was actually nobody there with me and I’ve got about 35, 40 people with me this week.”
Moore covered the back nine in a flawless three-under 33 to shake off de Jonge in what proved to be a two-man shootout in the Nevada desert, the Zimbabwean having to settle for a career-best second after closing with a 67.
PGA Tour rookie Blixt, like de Jonge seeking a maiden title on the US circuit, carded a 70 to secure third place at 20 under, two strokes better than Australian Jason Day (65).
Moore, who claimed his first PGA Tour title at the 2009 Wyndham Championship, will have further cause to celebrate as his wife Nichole is scheduled to give birth to their first child in less than a month.
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