FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – While it might be a popular exercise among his peers, Ryan Moore isn’t interested in quantifying his recent performance in terms of Ryder Cup momentum.
“I do not think about it at all,” Moore said. “It really is the farthest thing from my mind.”
It’s perhaps an understandable sentiment considering Moore finished 11th in the U.S. points race in 2014, only to be overlooked for a potential selection by captain Tom Watson. But Moore got back into the winner’s circle two weeks ago at the John Deere Classic, and he’s contending once again after rounds of 69-68 to open The Barclays.
While a victory at Bethpage Black wouldn’t be enough to lock up an automatic spot in the final week of qualification, adding a second trophy in such a short span would surely go a long way toward catching the attention of Davis Love III. For Moore, though, the focus remains on making a return to East Lake for the season’s final event, which he hasn’t played since 2012.
“I’m just trying to play good golf and win golf tournaments, and I’m trying to get to the Tour Championship,” Moore said. “I’ve been in good positions the last three years coming into these [events] and I’ve played very poorly and not made it to the Tour Championship, which has been very disappointing the last few seasons.”
Moore’s East Lake focus also led him to lighten up his summer schedule with the goal of remaining fresh for a potential playoff run. His only starts between the Memorial and the Travelers Championship were the season’s final three majors, and Moore now believes he has plenty of gas in the tank to challenge for the FedEx Cup – and, perhaps, a spot at Hazeltine in the process.
“It’s something I would love, and I do enjoy match play and team events and all that stuff,” Moore said. “But the reality is, I have to play my way on. It’s very clear to me that that’s what needs to happen, and that’s what I want to do.”