Moore’s Ryder Cup de­but has a Hol­ly­wood end­ing

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

RYAN Moore strug­gled to find the words to de­scribe his emo­tions af­ter go­ing from being the fi­nal cap­tain’s pick to clinch­ing the Ryder Cup for Team USA a week later.

The 33-year-old Moore, who didn’t find out he was on the US team un­til Septem­ber 25, won the fi­nal three holes against Lee West­wood to clinch the win­ning point and lift the US to their first Ryder Cup vic­tory since 2008.

“I mean, I don’t even know. This is un­be­liev­able right now, to ac­tu­ally get the point that clinches it,” Moore said.

“That birdie on 17 and then to win with the par on the last hole, it’s – hon­estly, I don’t even know what to tell you. It’s in­cred­i­ble.”

Moore had to rally on the back nine on Oc­to­ber 1 to de­feat Europe’s West­wood 1-up in one of the 12 fi­nal day sin­gles matches at the 41st Ryder Cup.

Team cap­tain Davis Love made Moore a cap­tain’s pick, just hours af­ter he bat­tled Rory McIl­roy into a play­off at the US PGA sea­son-end­ing Tour Cham­pi­onship be­fore set­tling for sec­ond af­ter the fourth ex­tra hole.

Moore was two-down be­fore an ea­gle at 16, birdie at 17 and a par on 18 which was enough to take down English­man West­wood, who made bo­gey on the fi­nal hole at Hazel­tine Na­tional.

“Ob­vi­ously we had some great play go­ing on be­hind me. I was able to re­lax and play those last cou­ple of holes and able to sneak a win out there,” said Moore, who has won five US PGA ti­tles, the most re­cent com­ing last month at the John Deere Clas­sic.

“When I went two-down with three to go, I didn’t want to let my team down.

“I wanted to do ev­ery­thing I could and try to hit a cou­ple great shots com­ing in. Was able to ea­gle 16, which was huge.

“I can’t be­lieve a week ago I didn’t even know I was go­ing to be here.”

Love said on Oc­to­ber 2 that he knew it would be easy to wel­come Moore into the Ryder Cup fold.

“He barely got here,” Love said. “He had quite a whirl­wind week. Now he is part of our fam­ily a lot more.”

Moore said that now that he has had his first taste of the Ryder Cup he wants more.

“This is some­thing I want to be a part of ev­ery sin­gle year,” said Moore.

Be­fore Hazel­tine that seemed like an elu­sive dream.

Moore had been through nearly a decade of uni­form fit­tings as a con­tender for prior Ryder Cup and Pres­i­dents Cup teams only to not make the cut.

“I’ve been fit­ted for ev­ery team event for the last 10 years, ev­ery sin­gle one, un­til this year,” Moore said.

“So I did not do the fit­ting this year. I’m not go­ing to do it from now on, ever. Hope­fully I stay the same size so it’s easy for them.” –

Photo: AFP

Ryan Moore of the United States hits out of a bunker on the 16th hole dur­ing af­ter­noon four­ball matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazel­tine Na­tional Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, on Oc­to­ber 1.

Photo: AFP

Team USA cel­e­brates their vic­tory at the 2016 Ryder Cup, their first in eight years.

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