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Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Troy Kelly at WM Phoenix Open, 4th Rd.

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Feb. 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm with No Comments »
February 3, 2013 4:08 pm

This week: Waste Management Phoenix Open, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Moore’s fourth-round score: 6-under-par 65.

Stanley’s third-round score: 1-over 72.

Position: Moore (22-under 262) finished fourth, and Stanley (even-par 284) finished 74th – all behind winner Phil Mickelson (28-under 256). Kelly missed the cut Friday (2-under 140).

Recap: What a week for Moore, whose 72-hole score would have won this tournament title in all but six years (1971, 1975, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2013). But the conditions were benign, and the greens rolling true. Once again, Moore’s putting carried him to his second consecutive 65 on the weekend. He one-putt 10 greens, and made seven birdies. His only mishap came at No. 12 when his greenside bunker shot came out soft, and his 22-foot putt for par just slid by. He did have a chance to tie Scott Piercy for third with a wonderful iron approach on the final hole to a back-pin location, but his 11-foot putt for birdie stayed right. … A year ago, Stanley was tapping in on the 18th hole for his first PGA Tour title. As the defender, he finished last of the golfers who made the cut. The Bellarmine Prep product said he expects to take the next month off from tournament play.

Next for Moore: Northern Trust Open starting Feb. 14 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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