After Puyallup’s Ryan Moore just completed his career-low round at the Memorial Tournament – a 5-under-par 67 – on Thursday at Muirfield Village Golf Club to grab a share of the early lead, predictably a throng of reporters hung around for a few questions.
And naturally this time around, it didn’t take long for the topic to switch away from golf, and toward a more interesting topic:
Hometown U.S. Open championships.
Winner of three United States Golf Association amateur national championships, and the most prolific PGA Tour golfer alive from Pierce County, Moore knows he is the local face of the upcoming U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
“Oh, man, I can’t go anywhere without getting asked about it, that’s for sure,” Moore said. “Even players, caddies, media – somebody, every day, somewhere is asking about it.”
Older brother Jeremy Moore, one of the chief operating officers of Moore Golf Management, is the one taking all the media requests concerning Ryan Moore and the national open.
Since January, Jeremy Moore estimates he has received more than 150 requests from local and national publications, radio, television – even from the USGA – to talk to the four-time PGA Tour winner.
“He’s dedicated two weeks to those requests,” Jeremy Moore said. “He understands he is the hometown hero.”
For example, after the Memorial, Ryan Moore will fly back to Las Vegas to kick off his new American Junior Golf Association tournament in Las Vegas on Monday.
Later that night, he will board a flight back home to Lakewood. His first real big behind-the-scenes interview will be with FoxSports, which will broadcast the U.S. Open for the first time, early Tuesday morning.
“It has been a little surprising to see how much media attention I’ve gotten,” Moore said. “It was in January or February when I started noticing it. I was already getting questions about the U.S. Open, and that is not something that ever happens to me. They are not asking me about majors starting the year.
“But everyone has been asking. I think I have talked to just about every media person on the planet about it in some way, shape or form.”
Next week will also be Moore’s best opportunity to get in a few practice rounds. He says he plans on playing 18 holes every day, doing most of his heavy work then so when U.S. Open week arrives, he can fine-tune some things.
Moore will be one of the keynote golfers to conduct sit-down USGA press conferences the Monday of U.S. Open week.
“It’s fun,” Moore said. “It’s the first time – and potentially only time – for me in my entire life that I’ll get to play a tournament truly from where I’m from. That is 15 miles from the house I grew up in.
“I assume I’ll get some pretty good fan and crowd support out there. And it will just be fun.”