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Ryan Moore wins US Amateur title

Ryan Moore took medalist honors in stroke-qualifying play at the U.S. Amateur on Tuesday, shooting and even-par 70 for a two-round total of 139.

Moore, winner of both the NCAA Division I and U.S. Amateur Public Links earlier this year, leads a field of 64 players who qualified for match play beginning Wednesday. A field of 312 began play Monday.

Before starting his second round at Winged Foot Golf Club, Moore birdied the par-4 18th hole to complete a first-round 69. Moore was among several players who did not finish Monday's opening round, which was halted by lightning.

Nick Cook, from Shelton, Conn., also shot a 69 for a 140 and moved into a tie for second with Oscar Alvarez of Colombia.

Alvarez shot a 3-over par 73 after leading the first round with a 67.

Bronson LaCassie of Australia, a sophomore at Minnesota, had the best round of the day with a 67 for a two-day total of 141. Andrew Svoboda, from Stamford, Conn., and Chad Poling, from Delaware, Ohio, were also at 141. Luke List, from Ringgold, Ga., was at 143.

The cut was at 150. Also moving into match play was Spencer Levin, the low amateur at the U.S. Open who tied for 13th. Levin, from Elk Grove, Calif., shot a 75 for a two-day total of 145.

The 36-hole final is scheduled for Sunday.

Moore, who also captured the Western Amateur, has been under par 39 of 41 rounds since last October.

``It would be awesome to win here,'' said Moore, of Puyallup, Wash., ``especially since I won the Public Links earlier this year. I don't think anyone has done that. My game is solid, and since October I have been real consistent. On a course like this thats what you want to do.''

Moore started out with bogeys on the first three holes.

``Youre going to make some bogeys out here,'' he said. ``Sometime they'll come three in a row like today. Fortunately, I was able to make a few more birdies than I expected coming in.''

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