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Ryan Moore shoots 67 to win John Deere Classic

Ryan Moore shoots 67 to win John Deere Classic

Ryan Moore showed no Sunday jitters at the John Deere Classic.  

The 33-year-old shot a bogey-free round of 67 to claim the trophy and notch his fifth career PGA Tour win. 

Moore finished the tournament at 22 under, two strokes ahead of Ben Martin. 

Throughout the week, Moore had little trouble with TPC Deere Run, which is located in Silvis, Ill. He posted 65 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to give him the lead heading into the final day. Martin's ridiculous 62 on Saturday added to the drama, but Moore's quick start and steady finish on Sunday was too tough to catch. 

Moore, who played college golf at UNLV, opened his final round with two birdies in his first four holes and never looked back. He closed with eight pars to seal his first PGA Tour win of the season. 

Local favorite Steve Stricker, who played collegiantly for the University of Illinois, finished in a tie for 52nd. Stricker has won three John Deere Classics, but an opening-round 70 hurt his chances of adding a fourth. 

The PGA Tour heads to North Carolina next, but will return to the Midwest on Sept. 8-11 for the BMW Championship. The event will be held at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.

Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Five time major champion, Phil Mickelson, was in Chicago on Monday to promote the KPMG Women's PGA championship.

Mickelson took a 45-minute Metra train ride from Millennium Station to Olympia Fields CC, demonstrating how hassle free it is to get to the event.

While on the train, CSN's Pat Boyle interviewed Mickelson. They discussed Phil skipping the US Open, Tiger's dash cam video and how difficult the decision was for Mickelson to part with his longtime caddy, Jim "Bones" Mackay.

Lefty also talked about the revolving door of first time winners at the last 7 majors and what is left on his golf "to do" list.

NCAA Golf Championships and local stars take Rich Harvest Farms by storm

NCAA Golf Championships and local stars take Rich Harvest Farms by storm

 

The NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships are in full swing as teams have flocked from all across the country to compete at the pristine Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Hill, Ill.

The Championships, hosted by Northern Illinois, span from May 19-31 and include both individual and team competition for the men’s and women’s divisions.

In its first ever appearance at Rich Harvest Farms, the tournament will have no shortage of local talent.

The University of Illinois will be making its 10th straight NCAA tournament appearance led by Nick Hardy out of Northbrook, Ill. The Illini have had semifinal finishes in the last two years respectively, establishing themselves as an NCAA men’s powerhouse and looking to finally make it to the final round this year.

Other local golfers include:

Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights. -- University of Texas

Trent Wallace, Joliet. -- Illinois State University

Other top contenders at the tournament for team play are headlined by USC, Oklahoma State, and Vanderbilt. While for individual play Will Zalatoris out of Wake Forest leads the way, followed by Chandler Phillips out of Texas A&M and Travis Trace out of North Florida.

The men’s portion of the Championships began today at 3 p.m., but have dealt with delays due to inclement weather.

Last week saw women’s play wrap up on May 24 with Arizona State not only defeating local favorite Northwestern for their eighth national title in team play, but also saw Monica Vaughn take home the sixth individual title for the Sun Devils as well.

Men's play continues tomorrow through May 31 and can be seen on the Golf Channel along with the highlighted times below.

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)

Monday, May 29

Individual National Championship

4-8 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 30

Quarterfinals, Team Match Play

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 30

Semifinals, Team Match Play

4-8 p.m. (Live)

Wednesday, May 31

Team Match Play National Championship

4-8 p.m. (Live)