Moore optimistic after Q-School strikeout

Jonathan Moore during the first round of the 2008 Bank of America Open.

Walker Cup hero Jonathan Moore’s “Q-rating” took a dive late last year. At “Q-School,” let’s just say he struck out, but he went down swinging. In December, Moore completed a rare trifecta when after already having bowed out of PGA Tour and European Tour Q-Schools, Moore failed to make the grade at Asian Tour Q-School, too.

Moore is a former NCAA individual champion from Oklahoma State who earned the clinching point for the 2007 U.S. Walker Cup team.

Moore flunked out of the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School in October, missing by one stroke. He reached the second stage of European Tour Q-School but finished T-49. He was T-5 after a 2-under 69 in Round 1 of the first stage of Asian Tour Q-School, but slumped back and missed advancing by a stroke after 72 holes.

Moore, 24, got married last summer. He hopscotched among various mini-tours this past season, highlighted by a victory on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. He qualified for one Nationwide Tour start, missing the cut at the Knoxville Open.

Moore deserves credit for taking a crack at playing in either Europe or Asia, something few Americans tend to do anymore.

“I thought those would be tours where I’d be getting to play closer to the level where I would be playing the best players in the world, and that’s my ultimate goal,” he reasoned.

Moore is an unfortunate member of the fraternity of highly touted young stars to struggle after turning professional early. He left Oklahoma State after just two years there. But Moore remains optimistic about his game and his future. He will spend this season searching for his game on the Hooters Tour and Monday qualifying for a handful of Nationwide Tour events.

“The past two years went fast, and so will the next nine months,” Moore said. “It will be time for Q-School before I know it.”

And maybe time for a less dubious distinction.

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