Right now, the prominent local face of the upcoming United States Open championship at Chambers Bay is a punchy one.
Puyallup’s Ryan Moore closed with an even-par 72 in the final round Sunday afternooon of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, tying him for 19th.
But he is far from happy about it. In fact, he might be more confused than ever about the state of his golf game heading into the year’s next major starting June 18 in University Place.
“It’s just not there, or not there consistently,” said Moore, who was clearly seething after signing his scorecard. “It is driving me crazy. I get to go have a week off, go work on it and see if I can make it make sense for Chambers (Bay).”
Moore has now been a PGA Tour professional for a decade. He’s endured performance slumps, but is usually astute about fixing whatever issues ail his long or short game.
The Cascade Christian graduate said he has not felt like himself for two months. Yeah, he fired back-to-back 67s to open the tournament to climb into contention. But he felt the same overall comfort Saturday on this layout that he did those first two days — and fell back after a 75.
“I just have days where I cannot make anything happen,” Moore said. “Obviously you can’t do that at a major. I’ve got to find some control of my golf ball ... and find more consistency with the putter.”
Moore will spend Monday in Las Vegas kicking off his new American Junior Golf Association tournament before boarding a flight later that night for Sea-Tac Airport.
He has media obligations all throughout this week, but said he will also put in most of his heavy U.S. Open preparation at Chambers Bay in the next seven days.
But first, he will go back to the drawing board with swing instructor Troy Denton.
How will he go about analyzing things?
“I have no idea,” Moore said. “Hopefully I figure it out. But I have not been able to crack the code lately. It just doesn’t make any sense.”