Taylor Moore claimed his first PGA Tour title at the Valspar Championship, with a final round 67 at Innisbrook Resort in Florida seeing the American finish two shots ahead of fellow countryman Adam Scheenk, with Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Speith a further shot back in third.
Moore shot a closing four-under 67 to finish 10 under and claim his first PGA Tour win in what was his 46th tour start. He had an anxious wait to see if anyone would match his score after setting the clubhouse lead with a round that featured five birdies. Schenk saw his 41-foot par putt to force a play-off at the last bounce off the lip. He holed his bogey putt to take outright second.
Fleetwood, who has finished second four times on the PGA Tour in 112 starts, moved into a share of the lead with a birdie on the par-five 11th, but a bogey on the 14th, after he took two shots to get out of a greenside bunker, effectively ended his chances of victory
Spieth had also been tied for the lead before finding the water on the 16th, managing to salvage a bogey there to stay in contention. But he missed a chance for birdie from six feet at the next hole and three-putted the last when needing a birdie to force a play-off.
Moore, 29, said: “It’s so awesome, it’s what I work for and I’m really excited not just for me but for everyone around me. It’s a cool moment.”
TAYLOR MOORE WITB
Driver: Ping G430 LST (10.5°)
Fairway woods: Ping G430 Max (15°, 21°)
Irons: Ping i230 (4), Ping S55 (5-PW)
Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro (50°, 54°, 60°)
Putter: Ping PLD Oslo 4 prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1