Puyallup’s Ryan Moore will do what he does every week on the PGA Tour – rely on his feel to carry him around the course.
And this week, he knows he’ll have to go to his second pitch, so to speak – the right-to-left ball shape.
That was what the former UNLV All-American was working on Tuesday in a workout designed more for quality than quantity.
He hit the driving range at about 12:45 p.m., then came out to the course an hour later and played the front nine at Augusta National Golf Club alone – until he joined South Africa’s Ernie Els on the par-5 eighth.
More hit every fairway on the front nine hitting a draw.
“The work I did a lot early n the year, I was drawing it a lot more. And in the back of my head the whole time, every time I hit a draw, I was thinking, ‘Man, that would be good at Augusta,'” Moore said. “I have been working back to cut, but I am drawing it much more efficiently now than I have ever in my life.”
Especially this week, with as firm as the greens are, and will continue to be in these abnormally warm conditions, getting as close to these holes as possible will be crucial.
“Having that shot, and being comfortable with it, it’s huge for me right now,” Moore said.