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Ryan Moore takes PGA Tour lead with 61

  |   Oct. 4, 2012 at 9:19 PM
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Ryan Moore shot a 10-under 61 Thursday that put him one shot in front after the opening round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

In a tournament well known for its low scores, 96 players in the 132-man field broke par on the TPC-Summerlin course.

Moore came close to putting together a 59, missing out when his second shot at the par-4 18th hole (his ninth of the day) hit the bottom of the flagstick and bounced about 30 feet away from the cup. He wound up two-putting from there for a par, giving him a 29 for his first nine holes.

Brendon de Jonge was alone in second with a 62 while Tim Herron and John Huh both fired a 63.

Among those at 64 were Justin Leonard and Jonas Blixt while Rory Sabbatini and Blake Adams were part of the group at 65.

Davis Love III, captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team that let a four-point lead get away last Sunday on its way to a loss to Europe, shot a 68.

This event is the first of four that make up the PGA Tour's Fall Finish, tournaments that will give players a chance to move into the top 125 on the money list and thus earn their way onto the 2013 circuit.

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