Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
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Ranking/movement: +21 (No. 55 to No. 34)
Why the rise? The victory at the CIMB Classic in October 2013 set up Moore’s entire 2013-14 season.
Moore, 32, built on that victory and heard his name frequently mentioned as a potential U.S. Ryder Cup selection by captain Tom Watson.
“It’s so amazing to start with a win during the fall just because that sets up your entire season as far as getting me up in the world rankings and everything,” Moore said, one week after winning his second consecutive CIMB title. “(Your) schedule is set for a lot of those big tournaments.”
After two solid years with his putter in 2011 (15th in strokes gained-putting) and 2012 (22nd), Moore lost his touch on the greens 2013 (110th) and this year (91st).
To counter that, Moore had a great ballstriking year, improving his greens-in-regulation stats from 114th (64.3 percent) to 23rd (67.99 percent) last year. While his driving distance improved about 2 yards, to 284.7, last year, Moore was much more accurate. He improved his fairways hit, from 68.44 percent in 2013 to 69.92 percent last season, rising from 16th to ninth.
Moore says: “It was just an overall very consistent year. There’s nothing I can say that was spectacular about it. My short game, we worked on some real simple stuff there that it keeps feeling better and better almost every week for the last year or so, so that’s huge.”