AKRON, Ohio -- Ryan Moore was having lunch at The Open Championship a couple of weeks ago when U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson sat down to join him.
"He knows I'm close and kind of on the verge," said Moore, who entered this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational 14th in the points standings. Only the top nine players are guaranteed a spot on the team. "He told me he knows I had been playing some good golf."
In each of his last three starts, Moore has finished no worse than 12th. Thursday, he kept the momentum going, shooting a 5-under 65 to sit one off the lead at Firestone.
But with a number of other big names currently outside the top nine in Ryder Cup points -- most notably Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley -- Moore doesn't want to leave anything to chance.
Woods, Mickelson and Bradley all have Ryder Cup experience. Moore does not, having never played in the biennial matches.
"For me, it's I got to earn a spot, and I know it," Moore said. "That's how I'm looking at it. I got two more weeks to do that.
"I'm making it simple on myself and in my mind that I have to earn a spot. I don't want to rely on anything like (being picked), and I would be very surprised if I got a pick."