Ryan Moore last finished in the top 20 on the PGA Tour over a year ago at the 2021 John Deere Classic.
With many missed cuts and finishes at the start of the weekend, it’s no surprise that he was ranked 196th on the original FedExCup points list for the season. Take away eight LIV players who have been suspended and Moore is still a long way off to play at the start of Northern Trust next week.
However, a long shot does not mean no shot. Moore could get into the top 125 and make the playoffs with at least a T-2 finish in the Wyndham Championship.
There’s a lot of golf to play, but the former UNLV star ended up 9 points down in two rounds to take first place on the leaderboard. Despite a hot start, Moore says he’s less focused on what he needs to do to make the playoffs and more on building momentum for the future.
“I’m just not even in the frame — yeah, I’m so far from it that it doesn’t even matter right now,” Moore said. “I’m trying to do my best this week. To be honest, I’m just trying to gain confidence for next season.”
The main reason Moore has been struggling lately is a back injury he spoke about after his second round at Sedgefield.
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He is dealing with what he called “the costovertebral joint,” which he described as a chronic deterioration at the junction of the costovertebral joint with the spine.
“Basically, I just keep stretching it over and over and over, which, as you can imagine, is not very pleasant to twist and swing the golf club as hard as I can,” Moore said. “There is a plan of action, there are things I can do to help, but I didn’t. I need a good six to eight weeks to sort this out and I’ll just try to finish the year and sort it out and then hopefully I’ll have time to come here to do it.”
Free time is around the corner, but a dream weekend at the Wyndham can push that corner a little further down the road.