You have to hand it to PGA golfer Ryan Moore. He may not be winning a lot of tournaments, but he’s performing with class. And, by doing so, he’s performing a lot better, too.
(No PING, no problems.)
In his fourth year on tour, Moore — the former UNLV All-American and U.S. Public Links and U.S. Amateur champion — had been heavily sponsored by Ping since starting his professional career, but decided to stop using sponsored clothing and clubs this year to help him, “go back to playing golf because I loved playing golf.” As reported in USA TODAY, the results have been mixed, with Moore improving on the course while turning heads with his choice of apparel, whether the reviews are good or bad, as you can see from the quote below:
The Golf Channel’s Gary McCord, himself a unique character, quipped to the viewing audience that Moore looked like a cross between Justin Timberlake and Ellen DeGeneres.
“I have to admit, when I heard he said that, I thought it was pretty funny,” said Moore, “Pretty right on, too.”
Well, if a cross between Timberlake and DeGeneres is what Moore is going for, it’s probably a good thing his golf is improving, too.
What’s equally significant is that Moore may unintentionally be making an economic statement in his own right. By eshewing the big endorsement deals of the larger golf companies, Moore is proving he can bankroll his career by playing well, the way professional athletes used to make a living. He’s also earning a legion of fans, with onlookers finding it easier to relate with a man who’s anything but a walking billboard.
(An unsponsored Moore won the U.S. Amateur. Coincidence? Think again.)
If Moore keeps improving — he went from missing the cut at his season-opening Bob Hope Classic to finishing sixth at the FBR Open last weekend.
This week? He’ll be playing the Buick Invitational, though there’s no word on his choice of fashion statement. We’re betting on Gatsby cap and suspenders, with a thin ’80s tie. Seems like a good look, doesn’t it?