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October 7 2012

2:17 AM

Moore looks to double down in Vegas

Interview: Ryan Moore

Following a third-round 65, Ryan Moore reflects on his play in the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with Dennis Paulson from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Ryan Moore has an opportunity to take advantage of a rare home game in the golf world. The Las Vegas resident and former UNLV Rebel is tied with Brendon de Jonge and Jonas Blixt after 54 holes of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He will chase his second PGA TOUR victory Sunday with plenty of support from friends and family. “It's fun having them all out here, and I've had a ton of support all week,” Moore said. “Obviously it would make it extra special at this point if (a win) were to happen tomorrow. But I've obviously got a long ways to go. I've got two guys that I am playing against that are playing great golf and then a course that's playing very scorable. Somebody that's a handful of shots behind us can go out and shoot 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-under. You've seen those scores this week.” With five shots separating the lead three from the pack, there will be a feeling of a final-group match for the title in Vegas. If Saturday’s 21-birdie showing is any indication, Moore, de Jonge and Blixt could put on quite a show. “It's nice playing next to guys that are playing well and making putts,” Moore said. “Sometimes it makes that hole look even bigger when you see them just keep dropping. That's what was happening, especially on the back nine today. Both of them got rolling and made a bunch of birdies in a row and I kind of threw in a couple here and there and kind of stayed there with them.” Blixt birdied six of his final seven holes while de Jonge carded four consecutive birdies on holes 14-17. Moore, the only bogey-free member of the group Saturday, made four birdies of his own on the inward nine to close out his group-best 65. Moore came to TPC Summerlin in top form, following top-25 finishes in all four events of the FedExCup Playoffs. He capped the Playoffs with a tie for third at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and is positioned to follow-up that showing with yet another strong finish. “I'm just going to keep my head down and just keep playing golf exactly how I've been playing all week and see what happens in the end,” he said. A victory by Moore would make him the second-consecutive Vegas resident to win at TPC Summerlin. A year ago, Kevin Na outdueled fellow local Nick Watney for his first PGA TOUR title. Na (-9) and Watney (-10) are 10 and nine shots back respectively this week, leaving the door wide open for Moore to get the lion’s share of the cheers on Sunday.
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