Moore Wins Rain-Reduced BuyCom Tour Championship

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Patrick Moore birdied four of his final five holes to shoot a final round 66 and win the Buy.Com Tour Championship. He finished the tournament at 10-under 206 as the event was shortened to 54 holes due to heavy rain throughout the week.
 
'This is the culmination of 10 years of hard work turning into six months of really good golf,' said Moore. 'I've stayed in cheap hotels and eaten in restaurants that I probably had no business being in.'
 
After play was suspended due to darkness on Saturday, 16 players returned to the rain-soaked course Sunday morning to complete their third rounds. Moore began play Sunday morning at 7-under-par, two shots behind Jeff Klauk.
 
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Moore completed 14 holes on Saturday. After starting with four straight pars, Moore rolled in a birdie putt at the fifth. He followed that up with a birdie at the par-3 seventh.
 
Moore continued his roll with a birdie at the 10th. However, he faltered with a bogey at the par-4 12th. He was able to recover that stroke with a birdie on 14 before play was halted on Saturday.
 
Moore started Sunday on the 15th tee, a hole he went on to birdie. After parring 16, Moore birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to get to 10-under.
 
'I can't think of a better way of finishing the season,' said Moore, who finished first on the Buy.Com Tour money list with $381,965. 'I really wanted to finish the final round. But one positive that came from the decision was that nobody in the top 15 before the tournament lost their position on the final money list.'
 
Klauk shot a 1-under-par front nine on Saturday. He birdied the par-4 sixth and later birdied the par-5 10th. After he parred the next two holes, play was halted.
 
Klauk began his round Sunday on the 13th tee at 9-under-par. He faltered with consecutive bogeys at the 14th and 15th to fall to minus 7. He was able to get one shot back with a birdie on 17 to finish at 8-under.
 
With the ruling to shorten the tournament, fourth round action that was well under way, is wiped out. Klauk is hurt most by this decision.
 
He had recovered from his third round troubles and was at 11-under through nine holes when play was suspended and eventually called. Moore on the other hand was 1-over through nine holes and tied with Arron Oberholser in second place.
 
There are other ramifications to the event being called. Klauk, if he had gone on to win, would have jumped from 42nd on the Buy.Com Tour money list into the top 15, meaning he would have automatically gained his PGA Tour card for next season.
 
However, Moore was declared the winner since he led after 54 holes. With the victory, he earns the automatic 'Battlefield Promotion' to the PGA Tour. Earlier in the season, Moore won the Richmond Open and Lake Erie Charity Classic. He becomes just the fifth player in history to receive the promotion. He is now eligible to play in the final full-field PGA event, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, next weekend.
 
'Playing on the PGA Tour is something that I've always wanted to do' Moore said. 'It'll be a fun week to go to the Southern Farm and see what the PGA Tour is all about.'
 
Klauk finished tied for second at 8-under. Steven Alker and Mike Heinen joined him at minus 8 208. Oberholser and Eric Meeks were one shot further back at 7-under.
 
Jason Buha, Roland Thatcher and Keoke Cotner tied for seventh at 6-under 210.
 
For the first time since 1993, a player in the top 15 on the money list entering this event wasn't bumped out.
 
The following players earned their PGA Tour exemptions, for next season, by finishing in the top 15 on the money list: Oberholser, Doug Baron, Alker, Cliff Kresge, Jason Gore, Todd Fischer, Marco Dawson, Darron Stiles, Aaron Baddeley, Buha, Patrick Sheehan, Gavin Coles, Tag Ridings and Todd Barranger.
 
Final results from the Buy.Com Tour Championship