Moore hoping to build on postseason momentum


Some players may lament the brevity of the PGA Tour's offseason, but don't count Ryan Moore among that group.

Moore played some of the best golf of his career to close out the 2015-16 season, with win at the John Deere Classic sparking a run through the FedEx Cup Playoffs that netted him his first-ever Ryder Cup bid. Moore went 2-1 at Hazeltine to help the Americans to their first win since 2008, and now he's returning to action at the CIMB Classic - an event he won in both 2013 and 2014.

"I look forward to this event obviously every single year. It's treated me really well," Moore told reporters Wednesday. "I think I missed it only one year in all the years since it's been around, and that's only because my son was born. It's an event I love, and I love coming to Kuala Lumpur."

Moore played a stretch of nine events in 10 weeks through the Ryder Cup, a hectic but fruitful run. He took some time off after an emotional week at Hazeltine, and this week marks his first stroke-play start since a playoff loss to Rory McIlroy at the Tour Championship.

"I had a nice break. I had played a lot of golf in that stretch," he said. "So to have a nice break, kind of get to sit back and reflect on that two months or so of good golf and figure out maybe why it was happening, and figure out ways of how to continue it."

Moore has risen to No. 30 in the latest world rankings, near his career best of 27th that he achieved in early 2015. The 33-year-old credits work with his new trainer as a large contributor to his recent success, a stretch he hopes to build upon this week as he begins a new season in Malaysia.

"It's amazing, you just don't give those things that much credit sometimes," he said. "I had an ankle that hurt for quite a while, and it was to the point where I almost forgot about it because it hurt so much, just constantly. To have that not hurting and be able to move a little bit better through the golf ball, it's amazing how much confidence that gives you, just being able to go play and not have your mind worried about that nagging all the time."