Moore edges de Jonge at hometown Vegas event

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Ryan Moore used a home-course advantage to notch his second career PGA Tour title.

Moore, who went to school at UNLV and still lives in the area, outdueled Brendon De Jonge down the stretch Sunday at TPC Summerlin to win the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Tied at 23-under-par, Moore birdied the par-5 16th and then parred the last two holes to close with 66 and edge de Jonge (67) by a stroke.

Jason Day, however, made the biggest noise on Sunday. The Australian went out in a course-record, 7-under 28 to surface on the leaderboard, but he came home in 37 – taking double bogey on the 18th after finding the water with his approach – to settle for 65 and finish solo fourth.

Moore’s lone Tour title was the 2009 Wyndham Championship, but he has rounded into form in the past month. He posted back-to-back top-10 finishes in the FedEx Cup playoffs, then finished T-3 – his best result of the season – at the Tour Championship. With the victory, he moved to 25th on the Tour money list.

This was already scheduled to be Moore’s final event of the season. His wife, Nickie, is expecting the couple’s first child later this month.

“The countdown starts right now,” Moore said. “This is it for me – I’m done for the year.”