THUNDER BAY, Canada – Making his fifth career professional start, former Arkansas All-American Taylor Moore captured his first victory on PGA Tour Canada Sunday afternoon, firing a final round 6-under 66 to run away from the field and win the Staal Foundation Open by three shots at Whitewater Golf Club.
With his first professional win, Moore vaults to the top three of the Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit and has earned exemption to next week’s 2016 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Country Club. The Razorback great will make his PGA Tour debut less than two months after leading Arkansas to its fifth NCAA National Championship appearance in the last eight years.
The Edmund, Oklahoma, native posted a 6-under 66 Saturday and entered Sunday’s final round with a one shot lead playing in the final pairing. He torched the field on the front nine, posting three birdies and his second eagle in as many days to open up a four-shot lead on the field heading to the back nine.
Walking up the 18th fairway with a three-shot lead, Moore nearly holed his approach from the fairway and he rolled home the ensuing birdie putt for his first professional win with a three-shot victory. He finished the week with impressive rounds of 68-70-66-66 – 270 (-18).
Moore finished his four-year Arkansas career with a counting score in 129 of his 144 rounds and posted nine top-five finishes, including a victory at the All-American Intercollegiate during his senior campaign.
He earned All-SEC honors this spring, making him the sixth player in program history to land on the All-SEC team in three different seasons after being named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year in 2013, followed by second team honors in 2015 and 2016. He was one of five players in the league to earn All-SEC honors three times in the last four years and he closed his collegiate career with back-to-back All-American honors.
Moore will join defending RBC Canadian Open champion and world No. 1 Jason Day next week as he makes his PGA Tour debut.
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