Multiple PGA TOUR Champion
2004 NCAA Champion
2004 U.S. Amateur Champion
2004 NCAA Player of the Year
Jack Nicklaus Award Winner
Ben Hogan Award Winner
Fred Haskins Award Winner
The most heralded player in the UNLV golf program’s history, Ryan Moore experienced unequaled success at the collegiate and amateur levels beginning with the summer of 2004. Moore’s college career, which ran from 2001-05, was unparalleled, both in terms of his senior year accomplishments as well as his sustained performance throughout his career while competing for UNLV.
In his senior year alone, he competed in nine college events, winning three times and finishing third in three others. In fact, he never finished lower than sixth place in any of the nine tournaments he played in. Moore also capped his final year with a fifth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championship, an event he won in 2004. His 28-round scoring average of 69.29 was tops in the nation and set the UNLV seasonal record.
For his college career, he played in 136 rounds and turned in a scoring average of 70.76. He also placed 13th at the 2005 Masters, earning him low amateur honors and a return trip to Augusta in 2006.
Moore’s incredible senior season was rewarded with the recognition of winning every major player of the year award that is given out in collegiate golf – the Ben Hogan Award, the Nicklaus Award and the Haskins Award. Moore became just the second UNLV student-athlete to win his respective sport’s national player of the year award – the first was men’s basketball’s Larry Johnson in 1991.
Moore also received national attention when he set a new standard in amateur golf in 2004 by winning five major amateur championships, a feat that may never be matched. 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. He had the opportunity to turn pro after his junior season, but decided to return to school.
The four-time All-American became just the third UNLV golfer in program history to earn first team honors twice (2004 and 2005). He also captured the Golfstat Cup title in 2004-05, which is awarded annually to the college golfer with the lowest yearly scoring average as was the nation’s top-ranked player for the entire season. His 69.29 was the second lowest seasonal scoring average in NCAA history.
Moore was also named the Mountain West Golfer of the Year for the second straight season in 2004-05 and made the All-MW team for the fourth time. He captured UNLV’s Sportsman of the Year award each of his four years at UNLV.
Moore recorded four second-place finishes on the PGA Tour (2005 Bell Canadian Open, 2006 Buick Championship, 2007 Memorial and 2008 EDS Byron Nelson Championship) before winning his first PGA Tour event at the 2009 Wyndham Championship. He won again at the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and for the third time at the 2013 CIMB Classic.
Through January 2015 he had a total of six second-place finishes on the PGA Tour, 45 top-10s and 83 top-25s. He has earned over $18.5 million during his PGA Tour career.