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Taylor Moore wins his first PGA Tour title

Taylor Moore wins his first PGA Tour title

Taylor Moore made birdie on two of his final four holes to earn his first PGA Tour title at the Valspar Championship.

Moore, 29, erased a three-stroke overnight deficit by shooting 4-under 67 on Sunday at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course at Palm Harbor, Florida. Moore finished with a 72-hole total of 10-under 274, a stroke better than Adam Schenk and two better than Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood.

Moore hadn’t recorded a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this season. He entered the week ranked No. 103 in the world, but canned an 18-foot birdie putt at nine to join the trophy hunt and stuck his approach shot inside 5 feet at the 12th to climb a stroke closer. Moore made back-to-back birdies – a 6-footer at 15 and a 27-footer at 16 – to tie Schenk for the lead at 10 under.

Schenk, 31, played in his 10th straight tournament as he attempted to grab as many FedEx Cup points as he could before the birth of his first child. Wife Kourtney, who is eight months pregnant, flew in on Sunday morning and walked the entire round in his gallery.

Schenk, the 54-hole leader, chipped in for birdie at the first and built a two-stroke leader before stumbling with bogeys and Nos. 6 and 8. But he responded with birdies at Nos. 7 and 9, where he drained a 23-foot birdie putt. That was his longest putt of the tournament at that point but that figure didn’t last long. Schenk poured in a 71-foot birdie at the 12th to claim the lead at 10-under and lifed his right arm to the sky. He strung together five straight pars until he hooked his drive by a tree at 18 and had to play his next shot left-handed. His 41-foot par putt hit the flagstick but wouldn’t go down. He finished with a 70.

Spieth, 29, won this tournament in 2015 and was seeking his 14th Tour title. He canned a 10-foot birdie putt at 14 to join the party at 10 under. Spieth worked wonders from the sand, getting up and down 12 of 14 times for the week, including at the difficult par-3 15th to stay bogey-free for the day. But he fanned his tee shot at the dogleg par-4 16th into the water guarding the right side of the hole and had to scramble to save bogey. He missed a 7-foot…


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