GOLF: For all the late pars and the closing run of 46 holes without a bogey, Ryan Moore thought the key to his victory Sunday in the John Deere Classic was a 24-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole.
It moved him to 20 under and kept him two strokes ahead of Morgan Hoffmann, who was about to birdie the fifth hole.
“That was huge to get another birdie early, just to show the guys behind me I’m not messing around,” Moore said. “The worst thing to do is to be even or 1 over after five or six holes. Then all of a sudden you’ve got 10 guys thinking, ‘All right, I can go get this today.’”
With Moore making three birdies on the front nine and another on the 10th hole en route to a 4-under 67, they had no chance. He won his fifth PGA Tour title by two strokes over Ben Martin.
The 33-year-old Moore finished at 22-under 262 at TPC Deere Run, making only one bogey in 72 holes. He won for the first time since successfully defending his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia in 2014.
“Every win is a little different,” Moore said. “I like how steady this was, with no bogeys on the weekend.”
Martin had three straight back-nine birdies in a 68.
“I never got a whole lot going,” Martin said. “I just told (Moore), ‘You couldn’t make one bogey out there for me today?’ Hats off to him for just a solid round of golf. I don’t think he really ever sniffed a bogey.”
Senior Open delayed: The final round of the U.S. Senior Open in Upper Arlington, Ohio, was postponed because of heavy rain.
The USGA says it’ll try to finish the tournament on Monday, although rain also is likely then, too. Miguel Angel Jimenez is the leader after three rounds.
Liverpool stuns Arsenal; Man U wins
SOCCER: A rampant Liverpool came from behind to beat Arsenal 4-3, while Manchester United began its new era under Jose Mourinho with a 3-1 win at Bournemouth in their opening games of the English Premier League season.
Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead at Emirates Stadium, but his side was soon overwhelmed after Liverpool leveled through Philippe Coutinho on the stroke of halftime and then raced into a 4-1 lead after the break.
Arsenal’s defense was shredded by Liverpool’s fluent passing and clinical finishing.
Mourinho’s first league game in charge of United included a fine goal by 34-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his EPL debut.
Philadelphia makes ArenaBowl, 55-50
MISCELLANY: Dan Raudabaugh threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Darius Reynolds with four seconds left to give the host Philadelphia Soul a 55-50 victory over the Jacksonville Soul in the Arena Football League’s American Conference championship game.
The Soul advanced to the ArenaBowl against the Arizona Rattlers on Aug. 26 in Phoenix.
Rare win for Ducati: Ducati rider Andrea Iannone won his maiden MotoGP race at the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, giving the Italian manufacturer its first victory since 2010.
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