All the late-spring work Puyallup’s Ryan Moore has put into his golf game is aimed at one thing - peaking for the upcoming United States Open championship at Chambers Bay.
Along the way, he’s had a few performance stumbles on the PGA Tour - finishing no better than tied for 47th, and also with a missed cut in his past three tournaments.
Even as late as Wednesday night, he wasn’t sure what to expect at arguably his favorite tour stop at The Memorial Tournament.
How do back-to-back 67s feel?
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Very nice, Moore said.
The Cascade Christian graduate is in hot pursuit of his fifth PGA Tour title. He sits at 10-under 134 at the midway point Friday at Muirfield Village Golf Club, trailing leader David Lingmerth, of Sweden, who is at 12-under 132.
“This is the best golf I’ve played in a few weeks, for sure. And these are the best back-to-back rounds I’ve had in a while,” Moore said. “I like what I am doing with my swing, and my putting stroke. Everything feels pretty solid, comfortable and simple - and it should be something I can continue to do over the next two days.”
He is still bogey-free through two rounds, but has made a double bogey on a hole on each day.
On Friday, it came at the sixth hole - his 15th - when his 7-iron approach shot “rocketed” to the back of the green. He hit a poor chip shot from the rough, and walked off five strokes off the lead.
But he reached the back fringe of the seventh hole in two shots for an easy birdie at the par 5, then hit a cut 7-iron at the next hole, a par 3, that landed softly on these blazing-fast greens. He made a 10-footer for another birdie.
And at his finishing hole at No. 9, he barely cleared a wedge shot over a tree in front of him, but the result was good - 8 feet next to the hole for a final birdie.
“If that was a 9-iron, I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off,” Moore said.
Moore’s best finish at the Memorial was a solo runner-up in 2007 to K.J. Choi.