Making the rounds with the local PGA Tour players. Last week, sat down with new daddy Ryan Moore, of Puyallup, around town for coffee before he headed off to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
Some of the highlights:
* Moore’s 2013 schedule will be tweaked from years past. He will stay in Hawaii to play the first two events (Hyundai, Sony Open), then return to the mainland and skip the Humana Challenge and Farmers Insurance Open.
Moore said he thoroughly analyzed the whole schedule in the offseason, and formed a strategy: Rarely play more than back-to-back weeks before taking time off. He does plan to play weeks before major championships, and use the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship as the second of those back-to-back appearances.
He did admit a few times this season, he will play three events in a row.
* Moore said the plan is for his wife, Nichole, and newborn son to travel to many of the PGA Tour stops. Apparently, the three of them made a test run on the airplane for a family holiday dinner in California – some 40 minutes from Las Vegas – and the baby did not cry or stir. However, Moore said his son does not care for cars.
* Moore turned the magical 30 on Dec. 5. He said he celebrated it in waves by taking the family to a petting zoo in Las Vegas, renting out the VIP section of a high-end bowling alley and then was handed the keys to the city for a day by mayor Carolyn G. Goodman.
* Much of Moore’s team heading into 2013 remains the same: Former two-time NCAA Division II men’s golf champion J.J. Jakovac will stay on Moore’s bag as the caddie. Father, Mike, and brother, Jeremy will continue to serve as his management representatives, but he did sign with Icon Sports to negotiate some corporate deals (like after his contract with Adams Golf is up at the end of the year). Also, Moore stopped working with Canadian Kendal Yonomoto as his fitness and swing coach right before last season’s FedEx Cup playoffs.