Puyallup’s Ryan Moore is learning that putting together a PGA Tour career is much like figuring out a jigsaw puzzle.
“It definitely is,” Moore said. “There are so many little pieces, honestly, that need to be put in and in the right order. You might know something to fix, but it won’t work unless you get something else in line.”
What he has finally figured out heading into his ninth full season is how to balance out the off-course stuff — starting and maintaining a family (married with one son) with when and how much to practice.
And a victory at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in late October highlighted one of his best ongoing stretches of golf — three top-10 finishes in his past five events as well as 13 consecutive tournament cuts made.
“A multiwin season would definitely be a nice progression,” Moore said. “I have won now in a one-year span (between Shriners victory in 2012 and CIMB Classic in late 2013), so I want to make wins closer together.
“I now have the ability to set my schedule up to where I want to play what I want to play, and have the amount of time off to go home, get ready and be 100 percent prepared. That is hard sometimes on tour when you are playing so much.”
Two distinct developments have pushed Moore to another level of production. One, he reunited with former instructor Troy Denton in May. The two were men’s golf teammates at UNLV.
And second, on the suggestion of PGA Tour colleague Scott Piercy, he hooked up with Las Vegas-based CrossFit trainer Jason Harper last August at a gym close to his home.
“He does not know a whole lot about golf, but I told him I was tired of being trained like a professional golfer and being pampered,” Moore said. “I wanted to get trained like an athlete. He has pushed me beyond where I am comfortable.”
Moore said he will limit his playing schedule to 20-22 events this season.
“It’s definitely been a nice stretch of golf, but I feel I have better golf ahead,” Moore said. “I am feeling like I am still having that one round a week where it is even-par or 1 over, and I have to get it to 2, 3 or 4 under. And I am right there.”
Residence: Las Vegas.
Schools: Cascade Christian/UNLV.
2013 season: Made 16 of 22 cuts, posted three top-10 finishes and totaled $1.49 million in season earnings on the PGA Tour. Late in the year — and part of this 2013-14 season — he captured his third PGA Tour title at the CIMB Classic (14-under-par 274) in October.
Best finish in 2013 at a major: Tied for 32nd at the British Open (9-over 293) at Muirfield Golf Links.
World ranking heading into 2014: 33rd.
Caddie: J.J. Jakovac.
Swing instructor: Troy Denton.
Agent: Kenny Ebalo.
In the bag: TaylorMade JetSpeed driver, TaylorMade SLDR 3-wood, TaylorMade RocketBallz 5-wood, Adams Golf 21-degree hybrid, Ping S55s irons, Callaway wedges (52, 60 degrees), Yes! Golf Sandy putter, Titleist Pro V1x Plus golf ball.
Endorsements: TaylorMade, TRUE Linkswear, Mutual of Omaha, Shift4.
Five to thrive in: Northern Trust Open, Feb. 13-16, Riviera County Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.; WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Feb. 19-23, The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.; the Masters, April 10-13, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.; the Memorial Tournament, May 29-June 1, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio; U.S. Open, June 12-15, Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, N.C.Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org @ManyHatsMilles email@example.com