While it wasn’t the pageantry of Rio and a gold medal around his neck, but Ryan Moore will gladly take the net rewards of the John Deere Classic title he won on Sunday.
Five hundred FedEx Cup points and a check for $864,000 is not bad for four days work. Moore finished with a 22-under 262, firing rounds of 65-65-65-67 to defeat Ben Martin by two strokes.
Despite shooting three straight 65s to start the tournament, Moore found himself leading by just a stroke entering Sunday. Martin got back into contention with a Saturday 62, hitting birdies on his first five holes and four of his final five. Martin fell two back out of the box on Sunday when he bogeyed No. 1, and the lead swelled to four when Moore birdied No. 2 and No. 4.
Down five strokes through 10 holes, Martin made a final push with birdies on 12, 13, and 14, but couldn’t get any closer.
South Korea’s Whee Kim and the US’ Morgan Hoffmann wound up tied for third at 17-under. Like Martin, Hoffmann had been within one shot of the lead through 54 holes thanks to a Saturday 62, but he fell back to a 71 on Sunday.