Puyallup’s Ryan Moore has said all along he is prepared to be the local face of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
And now the national media is starting to ask him about that.
“Yes and no,” Moore said after the Masters Tournament concluded on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club. “There are definitely a few of us locals that can end up in it.”
Other locals such as Andres Gonzales, the Putnam brothers, Kyle Stanley or Troy Kelly could qualify for it, but Moore’s name carries the biggest weight nationally.
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None of those locals is as highly ranked (28th after the Masters) or has won as many PGA Tour events (four) or USGA championships (three, including 2004 U.S. Amateur) as Moore, the Cascade Christian and UNLV product.
Moore has said he will play Memorial (June 4-7), then will fly out to be the keynote speaker for his inaugural AJGA Ryan Moore Junior Championship at Anthem in Las Vegas – then fly out to Washington to spend the rest of the week before the U.S. Open practicing, conducting media interview and preparing for his home-county national open.
Moore was asked by unknowing media if Chambers Bay compared to any other course in the United States.
“No, not really – but I’ve never been to Bandon (Dunes),” Moore said. “It is a links course with a lot of elevation change, and that is what makes it very, very different.
“It is interesting. We’ll see. So much is dictated by obviously weather and set-up. It depends on what (USGA officials) do set-up-wise and how firm and fast they get it. It can play like two completely different golf courses pretty much. If they don’t get it super firm and fast – very different. If they get is really firm and fast, it can get very, very interesting.”
Moore is off the next two weeks before returning to the WGC-Cadillac Match Play event in San Francisco.
“(The U.S. Open) is right around the corner,” Moore said. “I’ve got a couple week break coming up, then a good stretch of golf after that – and then we are pretty much there. I am ready and excited for it.”