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PRO GOLF: Taylor Moore claims first PGA title at Valspar Championship

Moore's previous best finish in a non-team event on tour was a T5 at last August's Wyndham Championship

Taylor Moore plays his shot from the second tee during the Valspar Championship golf tournament on March 19, 2023, in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Taylor Moore plays his shot from the second tee during the Valspar Championship golf tournament on March 19, 2023, in Palm Harbor, Florida.
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After his two chief competitors missed must-have putts at the 72nd hole, Taylor Moore was the last man standing at the Valspar Championship and won his first PGA Tour title on Sunday in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Moore shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to finish at 10-under 274. He beat Adam Schenk (70 Sunday) by one shot and Jordan Spieth (70) and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood (70) by two.

"(I was) just in compete mode, and watching the guys finish โ€” maybe in a playoff, maybe not," Moore told the NBC broadcast. "But it's so cool. It's so awesome. It's what I worked for."

The 29-year-old Moore recovered from a wayward tee shot at the par-4 18th at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course and saved a 5 1/2-foot par. That made him the leader in the clubhouse while Schenk and Spieth were finishing up behind him.

Schenk was tied with Moore at 10 under but also drove left at No. 18. Spieth was 9 under at the time and needed a birdie and a Schenk par or worse to join a playoff.

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But after Schenk laid up, both Schenk and Spieth landed their approach shots short of the pin and on the wrong side of a slope in the green, their balls rolling back and off to the side.

Spieth's 51-foot birdie putt to tie Moore missed, and he flubbed his 4-foot par comebacker. Schenk hammered his par putt from 47 feet, and he had the right line but it was rolling too fast and it glanced off the cup and the pin.

On a day when only seven players broke 70, Moore shot his second round of 67 of the week. He began the day two off Schenk's lead but made five birdies โ€” three on the back nine โ€” and just one bogey.

Moore's previous best finish in a non-team event on tour was a T5 at last August's Wyndham Championship.

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