Blog Number 31 - 7/4/10

Ryan Moore looked world-class today at the AT&T National in Pennsylvania. The 27-year-old from Tacoma shot a best of the day five-under 65 to finish in second place, just a shot behind Justin Rose who won his second tournament in four starts. Moore has had an up-and-down sort of a year, showing glimpses of the form that we know he is capable of, but also struggling at times to justify the added expectations that came as a result of his first PGA Tour win last August. From the end of January to the end of May, Moore went ten tournaments without once finishing inside the top-ten, missing three 36-hole cuts and another two 54-hole cuts. Since the beginning of June, however, he has two top-five finishes, a tie for 13th and a tie for 33rd. He earned over $1million from those four tournaments and today qualified for the Open Championship at St Andrews in two weeks' time.
Five years ago, he passed up the opportunity to play the Open at the Old Course. After winning the previous summer's US Amateur Championship, he had a guaranteed place in the field but turned it down, deciding instead to turn professional. He has played the Open only once before - finishing tied for 42nd at Carnoustie in 2007. He probably doesn't have enough experience of links golf to be a factor at St Andrews, but he certainly has all the shots and, after his performance this weekend, maybe the confidence too.

Again, happy 4th July and if you're able to play golf tomorrow, I hope the sun shines for you.

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