Ryan Moore (golfer)

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Ryan Moore
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Ryan David Moore
Born (1982-12-05) December 5, 1982 (age 39)
Tacoma, Washington
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada[1]
Spouse Nichole Olson (m. 2011)[2]
Children Tucker
College UNLV
Turned professional 2005
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T12: 2015
U.S. Open T10: 2009
The Open Championship T12: 2014
PGA Championship T9: 2006

Ryan David Moore (born December 5, 1982) is an American professional golfer, currently playing on the PGA Tour. He had a highly successful amateur career, winning the NCAA Individual Championship, the U.S. Amateur Public Links, and the U.S. Amateur in 2004. Since turning professional in 2005 he has won four titles on the PGA Tour as of the first few weeks of the 2014-2015 season and earned rankings inside the top thirty in the world.

Amateur career

Moore was born in Tacoma, Washington, and grew up in nearby Puyallup. He graduated in 2001 from Cascade Christian High School, a small Class 1A school which did not have a golf team. Moore competed for Class 4A Puyallup High School, where he lettered all four years (1998–2001). He was the runner-up in the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2000, and won the high school individual state championship in 2001 over Andres Gonzales, a future UNLV teammate, then of Capital High School of Olympia.

Moore accepted a scholarship to UNLV, where he lettered for four seasons for the Rebels and graduated in 2005 with a degree in communications and public relations. During 2004 prior to his senior year of college, Moore had one of the most impressive seasons in the modern era of amateur golf. He captured multiple titles, including the U.S. Amateur, the Western Amateur, the U.S. Amateur Public Links (also won in 2002) and the NCAA individual championship. In 2005 he was given the Ben Hogan Award as the top college player.

Professional career


Moore won the Haskins Award in 2005 as the outstanding collegiate golfer in the nation. He placed 13th at the 2005 Masters, winning low amateur and a spot in the 2006 field. (In 2003, he also made the cut at the Masters, finishing 45th at age 20.)

Moore's final tournament as an amateur was the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst #2; where he made the cut and finished tied for 57th. He then turned professional and played the next tournament, at Westchester Classic, on a sponsor's exemption, where he finished in a tie for 51st. Turning professional meant that he had to forfeit his slot (as reigning U.S. Amateur champion) in the 2005 Open Championship, played at the home of golf, St Andrews. In August, Moore earned a special temporary exemption to the PGA Tour with a tie for second at the 2005 Canadian Open in Vancouver.

In 2005, Moore played on sponsors' exemptions and earned a total of $686,250 in just 14 official PGA Tour events. This placed him the equivalent of 113th on the money list, making him the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to go from college to the PGA Tour in the same season without going to Q School. The only other players to do that since 1980 were Gary Hallberg, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Leonard. As a non-member, Moore needed to collect more than the 125th place finisher on the 2005 money list in order to earn his card for the 2006 season.[3] During 2005, Moore's world ranking improved from 718 to 142.[4]


In 2006, Moore played on the PGA Tour as a regular member, and his best outing was a tie for second at the Buick Championship in Connecticut. He was sidelined for two months in the spring following surgery on his left wrist, which kept him from competing in the 2006 Masters. He returned to the tour in late May and finished 81st on the 2006 money list with $1,222,118. With a top ten finish (tied for ninth) at the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah on August 20, he broke into the top 100 in the world rankings for the first time, vaulting from 110th to 79th. He climbed as high as 68th in early September, and finished the year at 79th in the world.[5]

In 2007, Moore finished solo second place at the Memorial Tournament, hosted by Jack Nicklaus in early June. He entered the event as an alternate and earned $648,000, the largest paycheck of his young pro career. With six holes to play, he birdied five consecutive holes (13-17), but scored a par on the 72nd hole to finish one stroke back. Following this runner-up finish, his third as a professional, he climbed from 87th to 33rd on the PGA Tour money list, and his world ranking improved from 110th to 59th. Two days later, he qualified to play in the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he shot 8-over in the first round and 3-over in the second and missed the cut by one stroke. He finished the year with $1,544,901 in winnings, ranking him 59th on the PGA Tour money list and 51st in the FedEx Cup standings. Moore finished the year at 74th in the world rankings.[6]

Moore reached the first playoff of his career in the 2008 EDS Byron Nelson Championship, which he lost to Adam Scott on the third playoff hole. Moore began the day three shots behind Scott in a four-way tie for second place, but took the lead as Scott dropped three strokes on the front nine. The lead changed hands multiple times before Scott forced the playoff with a birdie on the 72nd hole. On the third playoff hole, Scott beat Moore with a 48-foot birdie putt; Moore then missed his tying birdie putt from the fringe.[7] Moore picked up his largest check of his career, winning $691,200 for second place. It was his fourth runner-up finish on the PGA Tour in as many seasons.

Moore continued to have pain in his surgically repaired wrist and took time off at different points in the 2008 season because of a sore shoulder and to improve his fitness, particularly in preparation for the FedEx Cup.[7] He ended the year with $1,214,900 in winnings, ranking him 88th on the PGA Tour money list and 87th in the FedEx Cup standings; his world ranking fell to 158.[8]


Moore's inconsistent golf continued in the first half of 2009. In his first 16 tournaments, Moore missed the cut eight times, including four times by a single stroke. In March and April, Moore made four consecutive cuts, with two top-20 finishes. In May, Moore only managed one made cut in The Players Championship, where he struggled on the weekend to a 71st place finish, last among those making the cut.[9]

After missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament, Moore qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black with a tie for seventh place at sectional qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.[10] He made a strong showing, finishing in a tie for tenth place at 2-over par 282. As a result, his world golf ranking rebounded from 193rd to 152nd.[11]

On August 23, Moore won his first career PGA Tour event at the Wyndham Championship, defeating Kevin Stadler and Jason Bohn in a sudden-death playoff, earning $936,000.[12] He finished the 2009 season at 31st on the PGA Tour money list ($2,222,871), 22nd in the FedEx Cup standings, and 51st in the world rankings.[13]


Moore had a steady year in 2010, with six top-10 finishes, including a second place finish at the AT&T National. He finished 32nd on the PGA Tour's money list with $2,374,823, 35th in the FedEx Cup Standings, and 45th in the world rankings.[14] He appeared in all four of the golf majors for the first time. Moore also shot the course record of 61 at Tacoma Golf and Country Club.[citation needed]

In October 2012, Moore won for the second time on the PGA Tour at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, part of the 2012 PGA Tour Fall Series. He converted a share of the 54-hole lead into a victory, one stroke ahead of runner-up Brendon De Jonge.[15] Moore finished 2012 at 26th on the PGA Tour's money list with $2,858,944, 64th in the FedEx Cup Standings, and 40th in the world rankings.[16]


Early in his professional career, Moore had sponsorships with PING and Oakley. When he won his first PGA Tour event at the Wyndham Championship in August 2009, he did not have any endorsement contracts other than with Callaway Golf to use their golf ball. Following the 2009 PGA season, Moore signed a deal with Scratch Golf in which he would not only use their equipment, but also become part owner of the company. However, in November 2010, it was announced that Moore had signed a deal with Adams Golf and would give up his stake in Scratch Golf.[17] He signed with TaylorMade for the 2013 season.[18]


On September 20, 2011, Moore signed his first corporate endorsement deal with Shift4. Under the agreement, Moore will wear their logo on his left chest.[19]

Amateur wins (6)

Professional wins (4)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 Aug 23, 2009 Wyndham Championship 64-65-70-65=264 −16 Playoff United States Jason Bohn, United States Kevin Stadler
2 Oct 7, 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 61-68-65-66=260 −24 1 stroke Zimbabwe Brendon de Jonge
3 Oct 28, 2013 CIMB Classic 63-72-69-70=274 −14 Playoff United States Gary Woodland
4 Nov 2, 2014 CIMB Classic (2) 68-69-67-67=271 −17 3 strokes Spain Sergio García, United States Kevin Na, United States Gary Woodland

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2008 EDS Byron Nelson Championship Australia Adam Scott Lost to birdie on third extra hole
2 2009 Wyndham Championship United States Jason Bohn, United States Kevin Stadler Moore won with birdie on third extra hole
Bohn eliminated with par on first hole
3 2013 CIMB Classic United States Gary Woodland Won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP T45 DNP T13 LA DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T42 DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament T14 T35 DNP T38 CUT T12
The Open Championship CUT T28 DNP T32 T12 CUT
PGA Championship T65 T56 CUT T55 T40 T37

LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 6
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 6 31 20
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

PGA Tour career summary

Season Wins Earnings ($) Rank
2005 0 686,250 n/a
2006 0 1,122,118 81
2007 0 1,554,901 59
2008 0 1,214,900 88
2009 1 2,222,871 31
2010 0 2,374,823 32
2011 0 1,942,906 42
2012 1 2,858,944 26
2013 0 1,490,265 61
2014 1 3,098,263 21
2015 1 2,642,306 32
Career* 4 21,208,547 46

* As of the 2014–15 season.

U.S. national team appearances



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  2. "Newlywed Moore will play a lot early". The Olympian. January 18, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 2006 PGA Championship profile
  4. Official World Golf Ranking Week 52, 2005
  5. Official World Golf Ranking Week 52, 2006
  6. Official World Golf Ranking Week 52, 2007
  7. 7.0 7.1 Scott beats Moore in playoff at EDS Byron Nelson Championship - pgatour.com, April 27, 2008
  8. Official World Golf Ranking Week 52, 2008
  9. 2009 PGA Tour results
  10. Moore, Stanley punch their tickets to Bethpage - The Tacoma News Tribune, June 2009
  11. Official World Golf Ranking following 2009 U.S. Open
  12. "Moore wins in play-off at Wyndham". BBC Sport. August 24, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Official World Golf Ranking Week 52, 2009
  14. Official World Golf Ranking Week 52, 2010
  15. "Moore claims second PGA Tour title in Las Vegas". PGA Tour. October 7, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Official World Golf Ranking Week 52, 2012
  17. Ryan Moore Leaves Scratch Golf to Join Adams Golf, Loses Ownership Stake
  18. "Ryan Moore Adds R1 Driver, RBladez Tour Irons for WMPO". TaylorMade Golf. January 30, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Shift4 Announces Sponsorship of PGA Tour Player Ryan Moore

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