The small, tight-knit group of Team Moore jokes that Ryan Moore moves on Saturday (otherwise known as “moving day”), but it’s usually the wrong direction. Even his stats reveal his third round scoring average is almost a stroke higher than the other three.
His girlfriend Serena Solomon makes cracks that he has a complex with Saturdays because he’s never played very well in the third round. If Moore is grumpy on Saturday evenings due to a poor round, she’ll remind him that he had a bad one at the 2009 Wyndham Championship, where he came back on Sunday to win.
This week at the BMW Championship it appears Moore got his shoddy round out of the way on Friday when he posted a three-over 74 to follow his six-under 65 from the day prior. On Saturday he shot a fantastic five-under 66 to take a one stroke lead over Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Charlie Wi.
If Moore puts up another solid score and outplays the field to win, he’ll have to put off his vacation. Going into the week, he was ranked 58th in FedEx Cup points. He needs to finish approximately fourth or better to move into the top-30 and to extend his season by another week for the Tour Championship.
When he finished his final round on Monday the Deutsche Bank Championship, I chatted with him briefly. He hadn’t played well, so I always try to gauge players’ moods. I asked him what his plans for the fall were. He said he was probably going to take a few weeks off from golf after the BMW Championship, but he might play in the Fall Series event in Las Vegas.
“I haven’t won it yet, but it’s a goal of mine,” Moore said with a wry smile.
Now that Saturday is out of the way, look out for Sunday. Unlike some of the guys we’ve seen falter down the stretch (because they’re throwing up all over themselves and can’t close), expect Moore to remain steady and calm. Maybe he’ll even make a little fist-pump if he wins. And assuming he sports a tie like he has all week, Moore could be the first player to win wearing a necktie since, like, Bobby Jones.
“I love the old classic golf look, and you know, I’m a little disappointed that it’s gone away completely,” said Moore.
“I mean, it really doesn’t exist anymore. You know, just my little effort to — just to bring that look back a little bit and kind of let people see today what it used to look like a little bit. It’s certainly my own version of it, but it’s close.”
Oh, Ryan, such a trendsetter!
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