Moore comes back to beat List in final
MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Ryan Moore won the last four holes to beat Luke List 2-up in the 36-hole final at the U.S. Amateur at Winged Foot Golf Club on Sunday.
Moore birdied Nos. 15, 17 and 18 to win his fourth prestigious amateur event of the year. The UNLV senior, who won the U.S. Amateur Public Links in July, becomes the fourth golfer to win two USGA championships in the same year, joining Bob Jones and Chick Evans (U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open), Jay Sigel (U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur) and Pearl Sinn (U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, U.S. Women's Amateur). He also won the NCAA Division I and Western Amateur titles this year.
"Coming down 17 and 18 in the afternoon, I knew I had to make birdies," Moore said.
A three-time NCAA All-American, Moore's best previous finish in a U.S. Amateur was the quarterfinals in 2002. He is the first stroke play medalist to win the event since Tiger Woods in 1996.
List, a 19-year old sophomore at Vanderbilt, had never trailed in his previous five matches. He built a 4-up lead twice, at the 17th in the morning round and on the first in the second round. List was 2-up after making a 3-foot birdie putt at the par-3 13th.
Moore made his move on the 16th, making birdie while List, of Ringgold, Ga., bogeyed the 16th and 17th. Moore closed out the match with a 10-foot birdie putt at 17 and a 6-footer at 18. He played the back nine in 4 under.
"Going into the back side, I knew I had to make some birdies," Moore said. "He was playing so solid that the only way I could win holes was to make birdies.
"I was close all day, and I knew I was going to make some putts coming down the stretch. I know I can close as good as anyone."