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Archives: 2011


Moore’s offseason focus? Marriage, business and fitness

Continuing my rounds (no pun, here!) with the local PGA Tour players. On Friday, we detailed how busy Puyallup’s Ryan Moore was in the offseason business-wise (link is here on his new company and acquisition).

Moore had what was his most consistent of seven seasons on the PGA Tour in 2011:

18 made cuts in 22 tournaments, $1.94 million in season earnings, runner-up finish at Travelers Championship

Moore graded his season as a “solid ‘B’.”

Some quick-hit stuff from my recent interview:

* Moore was married in mid-October, played one tournament in Malaysia (he withdrew from the CIMB Asia

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After banner 2011, Stanley knows he ‘can be a top player’

Starting to make my rounds with the locals on the PGA Tour. Today, I met with Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley, who is coming off a superb rookie season.

22 cuts made in 28 tournaments, $1.52 million earned, runner-up finish to Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic.

Stanley gave his season a solid ‘B’ grade.

Some quick-hit stuff from the interview:

* Stanley gave a lot of credit to Bobby Brown, who was his caddie from mid-year on. Brown, however, returned to Dustin Johnson’s bag right before the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in late October.

In the past few days,

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Moore buys Oakbrook, sets up a course-management franchise

Folks, Puyallup’s Ryan Moore is on the prowl again – in the business world.

Word leaked out earlier this week that Moore and his family purchased Oakbrook Golf and Country Club in Lakewood. That is only the half of it.

An excerpt from my A1 centerpiece story for Saturday. …

Moore and 13 partners – mainly friends and family – formed RMG Golf Course Management LLC, which aims to pump a little life back in the South Sound’s sagging golf economy.

Not only will RMG Club run the day-to-day operations at the Classic Country Club in Spanaway and McCormick Woods

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2010 U.S. Amateur champion Uihlein turns pro in Europe

From the Associated Press

Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein is turning pro and is willing to travel.

In a decision that reflects the changing nature of a global game, Uihlein announced Monday he would not return for his final semester at Oklahoma State and will begin his career exclusively on the European Tour, not only through sponsor exemptions but even on Europe’s second-tier Challenge Tour.

Uihlein, one of America’s top prospects, signed with Chubby Chandler of British-based International Sports Management, joining a stable that includes Lee Westwood, British Open champion Darren Clarke and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

The idea

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2015 U.S. Open merchandise to be available starting Tuesday

The first shipment of U.S. Open logo clothing is in at Chambers Bay, and starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, it will be made available for purchase in the pro shop.

Items available include men’s and women’s shirts ($48.95 to $78.95 price range), jackets and sweater vests, and a large assortment of hats ($32).

Other stuff, including golf balls and bags, won’t be in until sometime early in 2012.

Chambers Bay has extended its pro-shop hours from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. through Dec. 24. By USGA merchandising regulations, all items must be purchased in person, and cannot be made over

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With slow-healing wrist, Putnam might not be ready to start 2012

In these winter months, Tacoma’s Michael Putnam has spent more time answering questions than hitting golf balls.

His fractured left wrist (lunate bone), which he had in a cast for nearly two months starting in late August, has healed much slower than first anticipated. The Life Christian graduate has not resumed any golf-related activity.

And it appears at this juncture that Putnam will not be ready to go at the start of the 2012 PGA Tour season.

“(Doctors) did not give me best-case scenario – just the normal-case,” Putnam said. “And I have been slower in the bone-healing.”

So, how much longer? Putnam is not sure. He said the last doctors’ exam showed 40 percent improvement in the wrist’s healing. Another magnetic imaging resonance test (MRI) is scheduled next week in Seattle.

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PGA Tour is out; Asian Tour might be next for Putnam

Missing the cut by one stroke in the first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School, University Place’s Andrew Putnam is looking at other options.

And very well could be headed overseas.

The recent graduate of Pepperdine University will firm up plans for playing professional golf in 2012 next week, but what appears to be at the top of the list is trying to earn his way onto the Asian Tour.

“A place to play consistently – that is kind of what I want,” Putnam said.

Two stages of Asian Tour Q-School will take place in Thailand. The first leg is

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