He turned things around at the turn, though.
Moore birdied the 10th hole, then added five more on the back nine, including four straight at one point and a seven-footer on the final hole to get into Sunday’s final group alongside Bubba Watson and Kevin Stadler.
“It wasn't looking too pretty there the front nine, but I hit a lot of good shots,” Moore said. “The greens out there are firm and they're tough.
“It was tough to get around the hole, and I hit a lot of good shots that didn't end up close to the hole, and then finally kind of got a little momentum on the back nine and hit a few nice iron shots and made a few putts, made a couple bonus putts in there, and was able to cap it off with a nice birdie on 18.”
Moore is looking to join Jimmy Walker as multiple winners during the 2013-14 season. He won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia late last year.