Right before Christmas, I had a half-hour sitdown with Puyallup golfer Ryan Moore as he prepares for his sixth full season on the PGA Tour.
Last year, he earned a career-best $2.37 million, and is currently ranked 45th in the latest official world golf rankings.
Here are a few highlights from the interview:
* About last season: “So much good happened, I couldn’t be disappointed with the season. Obviously you always want to have that ‘W’ (win), and that is what I play golf for. That was the only thing missing from the year, so I guess that is encouraging. The consistency was there; I was in contention more often and I was in the mix in the bigger tournaments.”
* On the move to Dallas last fall: “It is, and will be a temporary thing – not a permanent solution. It has some of the things I needed … and a place I could go and focus and work on things. It’s really easy to get to (PGA Tour stops) from, but I am a West Coast-er, through and through.”
* On his criticism of the U.S. Open set-up at Pebble Beach in 2010: “A little bit of it was reactionary. It was tough to come off the fourth round of a major, and playing in such tough conditions. At the same time, I stated my actual opinion on it. I wasn’t going to sit there and say it was amazing, and they did a perfect job – three holes that day you literally couldn’t hit the green on. At some point, you just have to say something and question it. I think it’s a good thing for them to hear. I was not complaining – it was simply an assessment, and that’s what I think Mike Davis appreciated about it. I was not bashing (the U.S. Open); that certainly wasn’t the goal. But I’m glad somebody heard it, especially the man (Davis) in charge of the set-up.”
* On his switch to Adams Golf in the offseason, signing a two-year contract: “Honestly (it was) one of the easier decisions I’ve ever made. … I’ve been playing their drivers, 3-woods and hybrid (clubs) for two years without getting paid. I love their equipment, so this was something I was so comfortable with – because they were my choice when I had the freedom to choose it. They’ve treated me well the last couple of years and they were open to a contract that wasn’t traditional.”