Aug
18
2010
Moore Looks to Defend Wyndham and Cell Phones
By Stephanie Wei under General

For some players the Wyndham Championship is their last shot at a strong finish to get into the FedEx Cup playoffs. For Ryan Moore, it’s his turn to defend his title at the Wyndham Championship, where he captured his break through victory last season in a three-way playoff. Moore kicked off the PGA Championship with a three-under 69 to find himself on the leaderboard. I spoke with him after his round and the Q&A is posted over at WSJ.com. I also talked with Ryan the other day about his feelings on defending — and the pilot cell phone program that’s in place this week.

“I went there for media day recently and it was pretty fun just being at the course and remembering all the shots and the feelings — everything that goes along with winning a tournament,” Moore said. “But I honestly don’t know what it’s like to defend because I haven’t had to yet. I really won’t know what to expect until I tee off next Thursday. I’m just excited to play the event again and I’m going to try and approach it exactly like I would any other tournament — just go play.”

He’s not worried about a cell phone ringing in the middle of his backswing, either. In fact, he thinks allowing fans to bring their phones will increase attendance.

“I think it’s good. I think if we trust people with that, they’re going to respect the policy,” said Moore. “[The tournament is] going to have designated talking tents and areas. It reminded me of designated smoking areas like in airports. [laughter] I think if people are allowed to, then they’ll …It’s hard to be away from business and family and not …I think it might bring out bigger crowds. If people can communicate and stay in touch with the people they need to, then maybe more will come out.”

Moore tees off at 12:40pm EST at Sedgefield Country Club, along with Carl Pettersson and Davis Love III.

[Photo by Kyle Auclair/insidetheropes.com]