It’s been the Pandemic of 2010 for Puyallup’s Ryan Moore.
It’s been like the Bird Flu – it’s happened to just show up in Moore’s game this season, which is difficult to explain since the Cascade Christian has shown a great tendency to grind, grind and grind when he needs to.
Like he did Friday, Moore shot a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday. Moving on “Moving Day” meant staying in idle since he’s hovering around the top 30.
But Saturday was different. The conditions were ideal – warm conditions, not as much wind and a fair course set-up.
And like he did Friday, the former UNLV All-American shot right out of the gates, recording opening birdies on Nos. 1 and 2.
When he pulled out driver on the short par-4 third and gave himself the left-side angle to a front-right pin, it gave him a great chance at another birdie.
But he left with a bogey.
“I hit a poor chip,” he said of the 40-yard shot into the green.
The smart play would have been land the ball pin-high with some spin, and take your chances with an 8-footer for birdie coming back. Moore’s approach never even touched the green – it grabbed the front downslope and kicked back.
“A little thin,” said Jason Moore, his brother-caddie.
Then the bogeys came, mainly as a result of so-so wedge play. On No. 6, his chip was too aggressive, and he missed the 7-footer coming back. A hole later, he barely got his third shot out of the front-side bunker. On the 12th, his chip from the back rough carried a half-foot too far and rolled down, leading to a bogey.
“I didn’t chip great today, and it kind of hurt me and led to a couple of the bogeys,” Moore said. “Honestly what’s killing me, I’m just making a ton of bogeys. I’m making a good amount of birdies. This kind of golf course, you can hit good shots and make bogeys, and that’s kind of what I’m doing.”