Ryan Moore (pictured) will have positive mental associations with the course and locality as he developed his amateur career while studying at the University of Las Vegas. In professional golf having a link with a venue can usually motivate a player to do well. Such players will often have plenty of local support and feel comfortable in the surroundings.
Moore is just one of three players in the field who qualified for the Tour Championship. Many of that limited field of 30 players competed at the Ryder Cup for which Moore did not qualify. Nick Watney and John Huh played at East Lake and are backing that up by appearing in Las Vegas this week.
Our player in focus was in contention in the Tour Championship until bogeying the last three holes. Two pars and a birdie over that stretch would have got Moore into a play-off with Brandt Snedeker who won the tournament and the 10 million dollar bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.
No doubt Moore was at home last week watching the Ryder Cup. It is difficult to know if the outcome will have any effect on the regular US Tour players but the nature of defeat will have done little for the confidence of the wider professional golf fraternity.
Moore was never considered for a Ryder Cup appearance so he was able to compete without the pressure of trying to qualify or impress the captain. His regular season was solid but not too spectacular. He played his best golf in the play-offs with three top 10s in the last three tournaments.
Despite missing the cut last year Moore’s overall form at TPC Summerlin is good. He has posted top 25s in three of his six starts without getting into contention. He is one of the form players competing this week and he could find compensation for his disappointing end to the Tour Championship with a top 10 finish at least.