By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- Defending champion Ryan Moore matched Friday's low score to move into contention at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Moore is at 10-under 132 after Friday's 63. He is tied for seventh, five shots behind leader Webb Simpson.
"It was one of those days I needed to get something going and take advantage of it," he said. "After I made four birdies in a row on the front, I kind of got a little momentum and my sights turned to, all right, let's see what we can do with this."
He made bogey on No. 3 to fall to 1 under par for the tournament, but birdied the next four holes to turn in 3-under 32. He had five birdies and no bogeys on the back nine.
"The difference was hitting my wedges and 9-iron good," Moore replied when asked to compare the first and second rounds. "Yesterday I just kept hitting those to 20 feet all day, and I finally stuffed a few and hit some to 8, 10 feet and was able to convert those. The ball just got closer to the hole overall today."
Moore, an alumnus of nearby UNLV, shot 24-under 260 to win this tournament last year for his second PGA TOUR victory. He is 34 under par in his last six rounds here, a scoring average of 65.33. He said a new mindset last year has helped him have success on his home course. He still lives in Las Vegas.
"I made myself look at this course like I would any other course that I was going to play a tournament on," he said. "It is easy to get lazy (on your home course). I really kind of stepped back and looked at the course a little differently last year, and it obviously paid off."