At last year’s U.S. Open, the title was captured by Dustin Johnson, one of the best players in the world without a major victory. If the trend is going to continue at Erin Hills next week, it won’t be Ryan Moore who finally breaks through on the major stage.
The 34-year-old major-less American was forced to withdraw from his spot at the U.S. Open after a shoulder injury put him on the sideline for a month.
- Top Finishes: Moore has two top-10 finishes this season in events with very strong fields: a T3 at the year-opening SBS Tournament of Champions and a T9 at The Masters.
- Pain Increased: Moore has struggled badly in his last two starts, combining two missed cuts with a T53 and a T67. He finished +5 or worse in all four.
- Recovery Time: The recovery for Moore’s shoulder injury is 3-4 weeks, forcing him to withdraw from next week’s U.S. Open.
- Breakthrough Season: Moore did have a great 2016 season however, with nine top 10s in 23 events, including a win at the John Deere Classic. He also qualified for the Ryder Cup as a Captain’s pick, where he scored the winning point for the victorious American side.
- Alternate Plans: Moore will be replaced in the U.S. Open field by Michael Putnam, the first alternate at the Columbus, Ohio Sectional.
“While the strained shoulder is a minor injury, Ryan’s doctor recommended he take time off to let it heal. He is expected back at full health.”
–Jeremy Moore, brother and manager