He had one of the best amateur careers since Bobby Jones, and came onto the scene with much promise. However, wrist surgery set him back and he didn’t live up to the early expectations, but with his recent win in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic, Ryan Moore may well be on his way to fulfilling the tremendous promise many thought he possessed. Moore won the “grand slam” of United States amateur golf in 2004, taking the NCAA Division I Championship, US Public Links, Western Amateur, and the US Amateur. In 2005, he became the first golfer since Tiger Woods in 1996 to earn his PGA Tour card without going through the dreaded Q-School process, winning almost $700,000 to finish 113th on the money list. It seemed the sky was the limit. Unfortunately, Moore had a problem with his wrist that required surgery in 2006, and although he showed flashes of brilliance, the wrist continued to give him problems through 2008, when he took time off to heal and also to improve his fitness. He broke through with his first Tour win in 2009 at the Wyndham Championship, and again in 2012 at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas. The CIMB win was the third of his career. It’s no coincidence that Moore is now playing his best golf since he has gotten healthy, and the future looks bright. It would surprise no one to see him in the winners circle many more times, and to perhaps represent the United States in team competition at the Ryder or Presidents Cup.
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