Early U.S. Open preparation not essential: Moore

Thu May 14, 2015 4:14pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - American Ryan Moore says there is a "90 percent chance" that next month's U.S. Open will be won by a player who does not arrive early at the relatively unknown venue, Chambers Bay.

The world number 32 disagrees with a comment recently made by a top U.S. Golf Association (USGA) official that any player who gets in only a couple of practice rounds will have no chance of winning the June 15-18 event.

Moore lives in Puyallup, only a few miles (kilometers) from Chambers Bay in Washington State and he is one of the few PGA Tour players familiar with the course, a new links-style layout adjacent to Puget Sound.

USGA executive director Mike Davis said last month: "I would contend that there is no way, no way, a player will have success here at Chambers Bay unless he really studies the golf course and learns it.

"The idea of coming in and playing two practice rounds and having your caddie just walk it and using your yardage book, that person is done. (He) will not win the U.S. Open."

Moore acknowledges that the course will take longer than most to learn but he felt that Davis was overstating things.

"I think there's a 90 percent chance he (Davis) will be wrong because someone's going to win that golf tournament and pretty much everybody is going to be showing up the week of," four-time PGA Tour winner Moore told Reuters on Thursday.

Most players will not arrive at Chambers Bay until the week of the tournament, though there are notable exceptions including Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, both of whom plan an early visit.   Continued...

Feb 20, 2015; Pacific Palisades, CA, USA; Ryan Moore tees off on the 11th during the second round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports