Moore Trying to Pull Off Tiger-Like Feat


2005 Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World ResortLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Ryan Moore has played the golf courses used in the Funai Classic at Disney, although never with this much at stake.
As a teenager, he played junior tournaments at Disney.
After finishing his spectacular amateur career at UNLV, hes playing for a job on the PGA Tour.
Moore, the former U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion, has played well enough on sponsors exemptions since turning pro in late June to give himself a chance at becoming the first player to earn his card without going to qualifying school since Tiger Woods in 1996.
He tied for second place in the Canadian Open for his biggest paycheck ($440,000), and overcame a quadruple-bogey 9 in the third round in Las Vegas last week to tie for 16th. He now has $598,249, which would be equal to 120th place on the PGA Tour money list. With three tournaments left, Moore has to earn the equivalent of No. 125 to get his card.
Every tournament means so much, Moore said. Every tournament means I can get it done with that one tournament. There are some things I cant control. All I can do is go out and play the best I can.
Woods made it look easy when he earned his PGA Tour card as a 20-year-old fresh off winning his third U.S. Amateur. He won Las Vegas in his fifth start for a two-year exemption, then won at Disney a few weeks later and wound up playing his way into the Tour Championship.
But those stories are limited.
Justin Leonard and Phil Mickelson are the only others in the last 20 years to go from college to the pros, without having to experience the dreaded Q-school in between.
Moore isnt afraid of qualifying school, which many regard the toughest week in golf. And if anyone thinks this is the easy way to the PGA Tour, he only points to the limited guys before him who have pulled it off.
I love a challenge, he said.
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