By Noël Couch, Communications Intern
Flashy new clubs, big-name sponsors, pictures and interviews, national recognition, and the list goes on. These are a few of the things that come along with being a PGA TOUR professional. For Ryan Moore, however, it’s not about the extravagant lifestyle. It’s all about family.
Moore hosted a clinic after the first round of the Ryan Moore Junior Championship on Tuesday, July 1. When spectators asked if he could perform any trick shots, he responded saying,
“I don’t have any trick shots. I just know how to hit them straight.”
His father, Michael Moore, is the man who taught him just how to hit them straight. Ryan says his father’s coaching formula consisted hitting the balls straight and getting them in the hole, rather than over-focusing on a perfect swing. Ryan remembers teeing off at his first tournament, unaware if he was good compared to other golfers. Ignorance was bliss for the rookie as he walked away from the tournament as the champion.
Simple, down to earth, and family-first. That’s how Ryan Moore plays his game and lives his life. He doesn’t worry about his technique or what his swing looks like. He simply knows that with his swing he is able to get the ball in the hole faster than his competitors, and he can reproduce that swing.
He does not separate his golf life from his family life. In January 2012 he founded the RMG Club with several family members and friends. The golf course management company owns and operates three facilities located in the Pacific Northwest with the motto, “It’s simple: Everyone deserves the chance to belong to a world class golf club.” Moore and his family management team pride themselves on treating players like they are a part of the Ryan Moore family.
The AJGA is part of the Moore family as well. Ryan Moore credits the AJGA with playing a large role in his achievement of national recognition. He is the only person who has been an AJGA sponsor, a PGA TOUR host, and a host facility owner.
Moore knows what success looks and feels like on the golf course. He was the world’s number one ranked junior golfer in 2001, the top collegiate player and top amateur player in the nation in 2004, and a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR. Even with his many success stories, he is a humble man. His father, Michael Moore calls him “stealth.” He received this nickname because he earns and plays with quiet persistence.
With all of his success, Ryan is a golf icon not just to his family, but to the entire golf community. This resonates with him at the Ryan Moore Junior Championship. What makes him so great isn’t any secret formula or special clubs. It’s his simple mindset, consistent swing, and most importantly, his family.