Ryan Moore originally injured the hamate bone in his left hand in 2005, waited to have surgery until the spring of 2006 and was told by doctors it would take 12 to 18 months to fully recover. All total, if felt like a lifetime.
“With any of us, self doubt can creep in,” said Mike Moore, Ryan’s father and the only swing coach the Tour’s newest champion has ever had. “But he always knew he had the game to win. I had tears in my eyes watching it.”
Moore's father said it took Ryan time to adjust to the changes the injury caused in his swing, particularly to a prolific short game that had been so left-hand dominant. Moore also said he started to see things getting better at the U.S. Open. However, the key to Ryan’s Wyndham win came last weekend when he put an old set of Ping irons in his bag.
“They were the same ones he used to win (the 2004 U.S. Amateur, U.S. Public Links, Western Amateur and NCAA Championship),” the elder Moore said. “Turned out to be a really good decision.”
So much for the evils of new technology.