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By Ryan Woodcock

Alex Moon shot a final-round 3-under 69 and made two key birdies on the last two holes to finish at 10-under 206 to win by one shot over Andrew Vijarro at Anthem Country Club.

It was only the third career start on the Gateway Pro Tour for the 23-year-old from Dallas – his other starts resulted in a T43 and a missed cut earlier this year.

Moon started the day T2 at 7-under, one shot back of second round leader Ryan Dillon after rounds of 72-65.  He had a wild final round that started off rather pedestrian with pars on the first four holes.  But he exchanged numerous birdies and bogey’s the rest of the way – eight birdies and five bogeys to be exact – and he made up for his final bogey of the day at the par-4 16th that dropped him to 8-under by rallying with birdies on the par-3 17th and the par-4 18th to secure the win.  If he only made par on the last hole he would have been forced to go to a playoff with runner-up Vijarro.

Vijarro started the final round two off the lead, and carded a 3-under 69 in the final round, including a clutch birdie on the 18th hole the secured his runner-up finish and put him in position to win until Moon’s hot finish.  Vijarro’s final-round 69 included six birdies and three bogeys.

A handful of players all finished T3 at 8-under par, including second-round leader Dillon, who was even on the final day after his back-to-back 68s gave him the lead going into the final day.  He opened with a birdie on the par-5 third hole, but ran into some trouble on the fourth hole and settled for a costly double-bogey.  He couldn’t get much going after that (three birdies and two bogeys the rest of the way) but he did rebound with a birdie on 18 to jump into the T3 scrum.

Kent Eger, Tony Finau and Josh Persons also joined Dillon at T3.  Eger turned in the low round of the day, carding an impressive bogey-free 66 that earned him his best finish since winning Q-School Challenge #4 back in October of 2010.

Finau shot 68 in the final round and closed with three birdies on the final six holes to get to T3, while Persons birdied the 18th for his final-round 70 that helped him join the group at T3.

Rounding out the Top-10 were a group of players that finished at T7 at 7-under par – Travis Woolf, Chris Satterlee, Luke Symons, Nathan Tyler, Chris Kamin and Brady Schnell.

Woolf and Satterlee made the biggest jumps in the final round, with both carding 5-under 67s.  Woolf carded a double-bogey seven on the third hole but rebounded with five birdies and no bogeys the rest of the way; while Satterlee rebounded from his two bogeys on 14 and 15 with birdies on two of the last four holes to jump into the Top-10.

Schnell was tied for the lead at 9-under but made a costly double-bogey on the par-4 16th that dropped him out of contention.

For complete results from Arizona Winter Series #3 CLICK HERE.

Next up on the GPT is AZ Winter Series #4, scheduled to be played Feb. 19-21 at Trilogy Golf Club – Power Ranch in Gilbert, followed by Winter Series #5 at Vista Verde, Feb. 26-28.