Moore Earns PGA Tour Card For 2006|
Oct. 27, 2005
LAS VEGAS - Former UNLV men's golfer Ryan Moore has earned his PGA Tour card and is fully exempt for the 2006 season.
Moore is just the fifth player in PGA Tour history to earn his card without going through the PGA Tour's Qualifying School. The four others to accomplish the feat were Gary Hallberg, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard and most recently, Tiger Woods in 1996.
Initially playing on tour this past summer through sponsor's exemptions, Moore earned enough money to play the remainder of the season on an unlimited exemption basis. In his short time playing professionally, he has earned $686,250 and currently ranks 113th on the Tour's money list.
The most decorated player in the history of UNLV's golf program, Moore was named the 2004-05 Hogan, Nicklaus and Haskin Awards winner, recognizing him as the nation's best collegiate player. During his senior year, he competed in nine college events, winning three times and finishing third three other times. He never finished lower than sixth place in any of the nine events he played in.
Moore also capped his final year with a fifth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championship, a title he won in 2004 and placed 13th in the 2005 Masters as an amateur, earning him a return trip to Augusta in 2006.
He set a new standard in amateur golf in 2004 by winning five major amateur championships. He captured the U.S. Amateur, the NCAA, the U.S. Amateur Public Links, the Western Amateur and the Sahalee Players Championships to become the first golfer to ever win all five events in the same year.