Golf – and life – fall into place for Moore

A new dad with a new plan for the rigors of the PGA Tour, Puyallup’s Ryan Moore looks to build on a sparkling 2012

todd.milles@thenewstribune.comJanuary 2, 2013 

Puyallup’s Ryan Moore is right on track.

His seventh full season on the PGA Tour was certainly his breakthrough. In 2012, he collected a career-best $2.86 million in earnings. All eight of his top-10 finishes came after the first three months of the season.

Only Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy had a better fall record than Moore, who finished with four consecutive top-10 performances, including his second career win — the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October.

His off-the-course accomplishments weren’t too shabby, either.

His new golf course management group — The RMG Club — was a hit around the South Sound.

He became a father for the first time as he and his wife, Nichole, welcomed the birth of a son — Tucker Maddex Moore — on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas.

And last month, he turned 30.

It’s safe to say these turns of events have really settled Moore into a life he is pretty satisfied with – one he figures should produce a fruitful 2013.

“The down time was great. It gave me some time to focus on things I needed to do — just working out and strengthening my body,” Moore said. “Also, I got into a routine with stuff I wanted to do — having time at home with my wife and son, and not miss anything he has done so far, which is not a lot.”

But enough that Moore happily brings out his iPhone to show all the photos he has taken of his expanding family during the offseason.

“There are a few things about him that remind me of me,” Moore said of Tucker. “How he sleeps sometimes — the exact same way on his side with his arm out, which is how I sleep. He is very alert and very attentive — which is like me because I don’t miss a lot.”

Of course, when the baby gets rambunctious, “he kicks his legs a lot. That is his mom, the soccer player (at UNLV).”

The plan, at least at the outset of this season on the PGA Tour, is that the three of them will travel together to tournaments. The Moores even made a trial run with Tucker on the airplane, just to see how he would react.

“It was a 40-minute flight, and it did not bother him a bit,” Moore said. “But he does not like the car. He doesn’t scream every time in it, but a lot.”

Because of his 11th-place finish in the FedEx Cup playoffs last season, Moore is eligible for all the major championships as well as the World Golf Championship events.

With those tournaments serving as the foundation for his playing schedule, Moore is taking a new approach in 2013 by not playing more than back-to-back weeks — then taking two weeks off.

“I know I will play four out of five weeks at some points of the year,” Moore said. “But I like how this fits by having five two-week breaks in my year.”

The new approach means Moore likely will play some events he hasn’t in a while, such as after the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week, he will fly to Honolulu to play in next week’s Sony Open — something that he has not done since his rookie year in 2006.

After that, he plans on skipping the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. — a tournament he’s played the past six seasons — and the Farmers Insurance Open just outside San Diego.

He also said he will likely play tuneup tournaments the week before the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.

“I looked at my schedule closely, and have had a top 10 at every tournament at some point in time,” Moore said. “So my schedule won’t be based necessarily by the tournament … but by the time I will have in between. That way I should stay fresh.

“It is hard not to be really excited about next year. I just am.”

RYAN MOORE

Age: 30.

Hometown: Puyallup.

Residence: Las Vegas.

Schools: Cascade Christian/University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

2012 season: Made 21 of 24 cuts, posted eight top-10 finishes and totaled $2.86 million in season earnings. Won his second career PGA Tour event, at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (24-under-par 260) in October.

Best finish in 2012 at a major: Missed the cut at the PGA Championship (8-over 152).

World ranking heading into this season: 40th.

Caddie: J.J. Jakovitz.

Swing instructor: Mike Moore.

Agent(s): Moore Management Group (Mike and Jeremy Moore) and Icon Sports.

In the bag: TaylorMade RBZ driver (8.5 degrees), TaylorMade RBZ 3-wood (15 degrees) and 5-wood (19 degrees), Adams Idea Pro a12 hybrid (20 degrees), Ping S56 irons, Callaway sand wedge, Titleist Vokey Design SM4 lob wedge, Yes Golf Sandy 12 White putter, Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.

Endorsements: TaylorMade, Titleist, Mutual of Omaha, Shift4 Corp., TRUE Linkswear.

Five to thrive in: Waste Management Phoenix Open, Jan. 31-Feb. 3, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.; WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Feb. 20-24, Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.; Masters Tournament, April 11-14, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.; The Memorial, May 30-June 2, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio; U.S. Open, June 13-16, Merion Golf Club, Ardome, Pa.

Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 todd.milles@ thenewstribune.com blogs.thenewstribune.com/golf @ManyHatsMilles todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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