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Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Andres Gonzales at JT Shriners, preview

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2011 at 8:19 am with No Comments »
September 28, 2011 9:34 am

This week: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas.

World rankings: Moore is 48th, Stanley 149th and Gonzales 568th.

2011 earnings: Moore has $1.94 million (37th on the PGA Tour), Stanley has $1.42 million (57th on the PGA Tour) and Gonzales has $95,517 (215th on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: Coming off disappointing FedEx Cup playoff finishes – both Moore and Stanley were eliminated after the BMW Championship (Moore finished tied for 16th at 1-under 283, and Stanley was tied for 22nd at even-par 284) – the two Pierce County products have been listed as tournament favorites this week by an panel. Why? Moore played at UNLV, and has seen TPC Summerlin hundreds of times, and Stanley’s drive might reach 400 yards in the dry desert heat this week, leaving him easy short approach shots. The only thing that might serve as a distraction in Moore’s final PGA Tour stop this season is his upcoming wedding, scheduled for mid-October in California. He is also debuting for Shift4 Corportation, a new Las Vegas-based sponsor. … Ah, the late-season decisions left for Gonzales to make. This is also a homecoming event of sorts, too – he played his college golf at UNLV. But he has to decide which route is the best way to earn his PGA Tour card for 2012 – trying for a Hail-Mary finish in a fall series tour event (top two) to get into the top 125, or trying to qualify for the Nationwide Tour championship in October for the top 60 golfers of that developmental tour for a chance to get into the top 25? Gonzales was the runner-up at last week’s Soboba Classic, and currently sits 70th in money earnings on the Nationwide Tour. The Capital High golfer certainly has options – and could try and do it both ways.

Tee times Thursday: Moore at 7:38 a.m. PDT off the 10th tee; Stanley at 11:39 a.m. PDT off the first tee; and Gonzales at 12:46 p.m. PDT off the first tee.

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