DUBLIN, Ohio – Ryan Moore’s love affair with Muirfield Village is alive and well.
Moore describes the Memorial Tournament as one of his favorite events on the PGA Tour, and his results back up that assertion. He has six top-25 finishes over the last eight years, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2007, and appears ready to continue that trend after a 5-under 67 in the opening round.
“I think there’s certain courses you just feel comfortable on, and this is one of those for me,” Moore said. “Even when I’m struggling coming into this tournament, this course, for some reason, it seems to produce good golf scores for me.”
Struggling is an apt description for Moore’s game in recent weeks, as his 0-3 record at TPC Harding Park was followed by a missed cut at TPC Sawgrass and four rounds in the 70s at Quail Hollow. Back on a familiar layout and boosted by a late range session after a “really bad” practice round Wednesday, Moore’s opener included five birdies and an eagle.
“There was a lot of puzzling going on. I just simplified it as much as I could,” he said. “It was just a minor little setup thing that got me a little more comfortable today, a little more relaxed and able to swing the club, really.”
This will be Moore’s final start before he begins U.S. Open preparations at Chambers Bay, which is only 15 miles from his childhood home. As one of the few players with local knowledge of the course, he has received no shortage of inquiries with the Open on the horizon.
“Oh man, I can’t go anywhere without getting asked about it, that’s for sure,” he said. “Even players, caddies, media. Somebody, every day, somewhere is asking about it. But it’s fun. It’s the first time, and potentially the only time, for me in my entire life that I’ll get to play a tournament truly where I’m from.”