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September 7 2012

7:10 PM

Moore looks to put four rounds together

Ryan Moore interview

Ryan Moore is on pace to put himself in position to win the FedExCup.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

CARMEL, Ind. -- Ryan Moore has been one round away from a really explosive run in the FedExCup Playoffs.

So at the start of the BMW Championship, he found himself on the outside looking in at 35th in the standings -- five spots away from making the field at East Lake for the second time in his career.

Moore appears to be taking care of business this week at Crooked Stick, though, firing his second straight 66 on Friday to sit one stroke off the lead. He's tied at 12 under with Rory McIlroy, who leads the FedExCup standings, and Tiger Woods after they shot rounds of 68 and 67, respectively.

Not to mention, he’s moved  to 11th in the FedExCup projections.

"It was just another really good, solid round, putting the ball in the fairway, and then with the ball in hand, that's nice," Moore said. "Hitting good, solid iron shots and really just converting. Any reasonable chance for birdie I had, I pretty much made it."

Moore, who has only made one bogey over the first two rounds at Crooked Stick, was tied for sixth entering the final round of The Barclays, which is the first event in the Playoffs. He closed with a 75, though, and dropped back into a tie for 24th overall.

At last week's Deutsche Bank Championship, Moore was once again playing well and was tied for fifth through three rounds. But a one-over 72 on Labor Day dropped him back into a tie for 10th.

"I've had a lot of those tournaments this year where I've gotten myself up where I want to be and haven't necessarily done what I've wanted to on the weekend," Moore acknowledged. "... Ended up with good, solid finishes, but I was right up in the top 7 or 8 a large majority of the tournament."

Moore said he made an adjustment to his alignment and he started putting better last week. He's used just 53 in the first two rounds, which has him tied for ninth among the field. More importantly, he's second in strokes-gained putting and tied for first in distance of putts made.

"I hit the ball great in New York and really have been hitting it well for the last few months and just not putting up to my standards," Moore said. "Just worked on it, refined it a little bit last week and started feeling comfortable over it, and now I'm to the point of actually feeling good over my putts and actually feeling a little bit of confidence.
   
"It's amazing what that can do, and it's just simple things. It's nothing too complicated. I'm really looking forward to this weekend."

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