Moore Cruises to Second Publinx Title


USGAMAPLE GROVE, Minn. -- Ryan Moore cruised to a 6-and-5 win over Dayton Rose in the 36-hole final to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Rush Creek Golf Club.
Moore is now a two-time winner of this event, having also won the title in 2002. He becomes the first player since David Berganio, who won in 1991 and 1993, to own two Publinx titles. Carl Kaufmann, who won three straight from 1927, is the only three-time winner of this event.
Moore is having a great year having also won the NCAA Individual Championship earlier this year. He is the first player to claim both titles in one calendar year.
'I don't know where to start,' said Moore. 'To have won it once is great. The second time, that's just amazing. Just to be part of any USGA championship is a lot of fun, let alone to win. That just makes it more special.'
Rose, who was also the 2003 runner-up, never led in the final match. He was the first player since Michael Combs, 1990 and 1991, to make the finals two years in a row.
'He's got the best game in the world, as far as I'm concerned, for an amateur,' Rose said of Moore. 'He's got everything covered. He hits the ball straight, he hits the ball long. His iron shots are precise. It seemed like every time he had it 10-12 feet on the green, it was automatic.'
Moore birdied the first to take a 1-up lead. The duo swapped birdies at the fourth and fifth. Moore extended his lead to 3-up with birdies at the eighth and 10th, both par-5s.
Another birdie at the 13th gave Moore a 4-up cushion and Rose bogeyed the next to slide even further back. Rose tried to comeback as he birdied the par-3 15th, but he bogeyed the par-5 closing hole to head to the afternoon session 5-down.
Rose birdied the par-4 first, but from there it was all Moore. Moore eagled the par-5 second and came right back with a birdie at the third to go 6-up.
Moore went 7-up as he again birdied the 609-yard, par-5 eighth. The duo matched each other with pars over the next three holes. Moore dropped a shot at the 12th as his lead fell to 6-up. It was all over at the next hole though, as the pair carded matching pars.
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