Golfweek has a story on how Ryan Moore, currently 121 on the PGA Tour’s money list, appears poised to get his tour card without heading to Q-School. The story was written by Golfweek Deputy Editor Jeff Babineau and points out that:
But with $598,250 in eight starts as a professional (nearly $75,000 per event), Moore has moved into a position equivalent to No. 121 on the money list. As a non-member, he’d earn his 2006 card by finishing the equivalent of No. 125. And with three events remaining, including this week’s Funai Classic at Walt Disney World, Moore is in prime position to become the first player since Tiger Woods (1996) to step out of a college classroom and earn his PGA Tour card without ever seeing the first tee at Q-School.
Of course, Moore isn’t the only one to gain his card by simply playing on sponsor’s exemptions. That list includes more recent standouts like Charles Howell III and David Gossett (remember him?). But it does appear Moore is the real deal. That said, has any amateur since Tiger Woods (oh, right, Michelle Wie) been so hotly tipped? After all, Moore did win the 2004 US Am, the Western Am, the NCAA and the US Public Links titles. Is Moore the next Tiger Woods, or the next Bill Haas (who is currently toiling away on the Nationwide Tour, but should make his card)? Time will tell, but even with an idiosyncratic swing, Moore could well be golf’s next superstar.
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I watched Moore at Shaughnessy last month; he’s very solid and wasn’t fazed by the tough conditions. I’m not sure he’ll streak to the top 10, but as a full time player I bet he’ll crack the top 50 money winners.