In all the hubbub after the Tour Championship, Ryan Moore missed a call from Davis Love III. It was a call he’d been hoping to get for the past 10 years, and it went to voicemail.
“I was like, ‘Whoops,'” Moore said. “I meant to be paying closer attention.”
Moore quickly returned the call and he knew immediately that the news was good.
Moore describes it this way: “It wasn’t, ‘Ah, so, you know, I need to talk to you.’ It was like, ‘Hey, Ryan, you want to go to Minnesota next week?'”
He had just finished runner-up at the Tour Championship, losing to Rory McIlroy in a sudden-death playoff. It was Moore’s third top-10 finish in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. If Davis Love II wanted a hot hand, Moore was the guy.
Tuesday, the Ryder Cup rookie entered the press room at Hazeltine, where the he handled a lot of topics. Here are the highlights.
The First 24 Hours after the Call
“From the time I got that call, I went all the way back home to Vegas that night. Slept for a few hours. Got right back on a plane the next morning. Headed straight back out here, got here yesterday afternoon.
“The funny thing is, I’ve been fitted for every team event, I think, for about the last 10 years; every single one until this year. So I did not do the (clothes) fitting this year. So apparently I’m not going to do it from now on, ever. Hopefully I stay about the same size so it’s easy for them.
“But yeah, I really didn’t do it this year. But I had done it in the past enough; I think they had a good general idea. We definitely had to hem up a suit a little bit yesterday and do some of that fun stuff. But these are good problems.
“That’s gotten me to this point and I’ve talked to the captains a lot about different guys and what I want to — who we might want to see together or who I would like to play with.
“You know, I like the group of guys I’m playing with — or got to play with today. They said there might be some shuffling in there. And honestly I’m comfortable with everybody. Obviously, if you’re on this team, you’re a great golfer, and I’d be happy to be partners with anybody. I think there are some guys that we might complement each other pretty well, and you know, will be fun to play with.”
On Bubba Watson
“I applaud Bubba for being here and for doing what he’s doing. Honestly he’s been a blast. I don’t think there are any hard feelings there. I could have totally understood if he was the pick. I mean, he’s a great guy. He’s an amazing player and brings a lot to the table.
“And I think it says a lot about him, just the fact that he’s here and supporting us and wants to be a part of it. So you know, we definitely, you know, had a conversation. I actually sat next to him at dinner last night. So again, there’s no hard feelings and we’re both here to help this team do whatever we can to win in the end.”
Surprised to Make the Team?
“Surprised? I don’t know. I think I knew pretty well what I needed to do last week, and I kind of did it (laughs). I did it, but I didn’t do it; at least getting into a playoff and showing the form of where my game is right now and showing that I can make some putts when it matters. And you know, just showing that I would be an asset, and that’s what I was trying to do last week.
“And so in the end, I still don’t think it was an easy decision. I still think it was tough just because how great of a player he is and what he can bring to the table. But in the end, they said they liked my game and they like where my game is at and they really liked how I fit with the team.”
“Yeah, I’ve definitely talked to different guys about (the first tee). Brandt was telling a funny story last night about his first one. He and Furyk were partnered up and I think it was in alternate shot and he went ahead and was like, ‘Oh, man, I don’t even think I can hit this shot; Jim, why don’t you hit it off the first tee?’ And he snap hooked it about 40 yards left, and he was like, ‘All right, I guess we are all pretty nervous, it’s not just me.‘
“Yeah, I think it’s something you can’t really know until you’ve really been out there. I mean, shoot, for a Tuesday, I think I was a little bit nervous on the first tee, which I don’t think that’s ever happened on a Tuesday in my life. So I mean, it was incredible to see the support that’s already here this week, to hear people cheering you on.
“It’s so different than what we do week-in and week-out; to have everybody or a large majority of people that are here behind you and your team and all those guys. It’s not just about just one of us out there. They are out there trying to support everybody. I can already tell, it’s a very different feeling being on the golf course. They are not cheering for this person or that person necessarily. It’s for us, and I think that’s something that’s going to be great. I’m going to enjoy that.”
Friends on the Team
“As far as the people I’m closest with, I honestly don’t really know (laughing) the answer to that. I’m not — I’m not really sure how to put it. I’m anti-social maybe. Is that a nice way of putting it or a bad way? I don’t even know (laughs). I don’t play golf to be best buddies and hang out and all that kind of stuff. Now, I do enjoy playing golf with people and I’m not a jerk or anything, I don’t think. Well, maybe I am, I don’t know (laughs).”
Alternate Plans, if not at Ryder Cup
“A whole lot of nothing was what was going to happen this week. I had played a lot of golf; I had played eight out of the last nine weeks. So this would have been a complete week off for me, just at home with the family. But definitely happy I have something to do this week.”