Finding his stride: Moore wins Tour title No. 4

By Jason SobelNovember 2, 2014, 7:00 pm

Ryan Moore is turning into the PGA Tour's version of the Tooth Fairy: No matter how hard you try to stay awake and catch him in the act, you’ll inevitably fall asleep and wake up to a pleasant surprise in the morning.

For the second straight year, Moore gave U.S. golf fans a reason to feel a little richer when they lifted their heads off the pillow, as he successfully defended his CIMB Classic title in Kuala Lumpur for his fourth career victory.

Just four events into the current season, Moore becomes the first player to build on a 2013-14 triumph and now owns wins in each of the last three calendar years - easily the most unheralded player to accomplish that feat.

It's all about timing, really. Claim one during the dog days of summer, when sports fans are clamoring to be entertained and the schedule fits nicely into the pre-dinnertime viewing window, and a player will be afforded all the spoils of such an accomplishment: They'll be a household name for 15 minutes, the talk of the local 19th hole, maybe even start trending on Twitter.

Win one when the fans back home are largely studying the backs of their eyelids, though, and a player will somehow be derided as less worthy, despite the fact that seeing and believing need not be mutually exclusive concepts.

At some point later this season, a graphic will flash on TV screens across the nation touting Moore's four career wins - he won the late-season Wyndham Championship in 2009 and the even later-season Shriners Hospitals Open in 2012 - and it will be met with cartoonish head-shaking in disbelief, simply because even the most stout observers didn’t catch all of the action.

Moore doesn’t deserve such scrutiny, though. He not only won these events fair and square, he won some pretty good ones, at that.

This year’s edition of the CIMB might have provided the most eclectic field in recent memory – it felt as if someone had picked exemptions out of a hat that included names of all the world’s top-500 players – but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t viable competition. Just behind him on the leaderboard were Sergio Garcia and Gary Woodland, providing instant credibility for anyone who didn’t see him with their own eyes.

Too often, we fall victim to over-praising the flavor of the week. A player vanquishes a strong list of contenders and, well, it’s hard to see how and why he can’t do that more often. Whether it’s parity or simply the cyclical nature of the game, it usually doesn’t come to pass, our attention is instead directed toward subsequent champions.

With that in mind, and even though he didn’t follow wins in either of the last two years with more of ‘em, at 31 years old, Moore has the feel of a guy on the verge of breaking into his prime. If the ol’ eyeball test doesn’t do it for you – especially if those eyeballs were closed while he was winning – then check the numbers.

The PGA Tour’s all-around statistic is a telling barometer for which players do everything well, and can often predict which ones are simply waiting for their turn in the spotlight. Last season, Moore finished 12th in this ranking, which tells us he does everything well, from driving accuracy (ranked ninth) to ball-striking (23rd) to the all-important act of making birdies (21st).

This isn’t anything we didn’t know about him nearly a decade ago, when he was an all-everything amateur at UNLV and seemed like the next big thing on the pro circuit.

Moore’s career has been fraught with close calls and near-misses – his four wins are backed by eight other top-three finishes – but he’s steadily been improving and learning how to win, even if it was under cover of darkness back in his home country.

Even if you didn’t see it, don’t fail to believe that it happened. 

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm