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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Ryan Moore finally pulled ahead of Brendon de Jonge on the 16th hole.

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Moore won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing the par-5 16th to take the outright lead and finishing with two pars for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over de Jonge.

``The last couple of days were tough,'' said Moore, the former UNLV player who lives in Las Vegas. ``I was shot for shot with Brendon, and he was playing some great golf. I was able to make a birdie down the stretch when it mattered to hold him off at the end.''

Tied with de Jonge and Jonas Blixt after the third round, Moore finished at 24-under 260 at TPC Summerlin and earned $810,000 in the Fall Series opener. Moore also won the 2009 Wyndham Championship.

De Jonge shot a 67.

``He was playing great and he was hitting the ball really well, and he was making putts,'' Moore said. ``I tried not to get too wrapped up into what he was doing really for the last two days. I just tried to keep my head and just keep hitting my golf shots, and playing the golf course how I wanted to play it and just give myself opportunities.''

De Jonge, from Zimbabwe, missed the fairway on the 560-yard 16th.

``Today, playing a little bit down breeze, all you've got to do is get one in the fairway,'' de Jonge said. ``It's almost a mid-iron in there, so that was definitely a turning point, you know, the bad tee shot there.''

Blixt had a 70 to finish third at 20 under.

Jason Day pulled within three strokes of Moore and de Jonge with a birdie on No. 16, but closed with a double bogey on the par-4 18th. He had a 65 to finish fourth at 18 under.

``The only blemish was obviously the missed green on 18,'' Day said. ``But I thought I was going to shoot 59 today, just the way things were going. I was hitting it good. I was putting it good, too. I just didn't capitalize on the opportunities I had on the back nine.''

Moore birdied the second and third holes to take a one-stroke lead over playing partners Blixt and de Jonge, and birdied the seventh hole to move two shots ahead.

De Jonge pulled even with birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 and they remained tied through 15, going to the 16th tee at 23 under.

``I played nicely all week,'' de Jonge said. ``Hats off to Ryan. Hee played great, especially down the stretch. He made a couple tough shots in there on 17 and 18, and he pulled them off when he needed to.

Bill Lunde was fifth at 15 under after a 66. He jumped from 157th to 128th on the money list, with the final top 125 getting full tour cards for next season.

John Daly, tied for sixth at 10 under after a season-best 63 on Friday, followed a 15-over 86 on Saturday with a 6-over 77 on Sunday to finish last at 11-over 295. He dropped from 132nd to 137th on the money list.

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