Former UNLV Rebel Golfer Ryan Moore Named To Ryder Cup Team
Courtesy of UNLV Athletics Communications
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UNLV men’s golf All-American and current PGA Tour star Ryan Moore will compete for the United States at this week’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III used his final captain’s pick on Moore, which was announced on NBC during halftime of the Sunday Night Football game. Moore finished second at the Tour Championship on Sunday, losing to Rory McIlroy on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Since the PGA Championship in July, Moore ranks first on tour in score in relation to par, first in birdies and eagles and first in rounds in the 60s. His total of 57 under since the PGA Championship is also seven stokes better than any other player.
Moore has five career PGA Tour wins and as a college player at UNLV (2001-05) he became the most heralded in the program’s history. He set a new standard in amateur golf in 2004 by winning five major championships, a feat that may never be matched. He captured the U.S. Amateur, the NCAA Championship, the U.S. Amateur Public Links, the Western Amateur and the Sahalee Players Championship titles to become the first golfer to win all five events in the same year.
He capped off his senior season by winning every major player of the year honor that is given out in college golf – the Hogan Award, the Nicklaus Award and the Haskins Award. He became just the second UNLV student-athlete to win his sport’s national player of the year award – the first was men’s basketball’s Larry Johnson in 1991.
This is Moore’s first time being a part of the Ryder Cup. He is the third former Rebel golfer to play for the U.S. at the prestigious event as Chad Campbell was a member of the U.S. team in 2004, 2006 and 2008, while Chris Riley played for the U.S. in 2004. Campbell played at UNLV from 1994-96, while Riley was at the school from 1992-96.
Moore joins Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar as fellow captain’s picks, while the rest of the U.S. team includes Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker. The European team includes: Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer (captain’s pick), Rory McIlroy, Thomas Pieters (captain’s pick), Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood (captain’s pick), Danny Willett and Chris Wood.