Ryan Moore with son Tucker at the 2014 Masters Par 3.

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As the world’s top golfers begin to focus on Augusta and the 2015 Masters Tournament, Ryan Moore can’t help thinking of 2014. Moore, became the latest victim of the Masters Par 3 Jinx. The former UNLV All-American won the annual Wednesday event and drew the dreaded task of attempting to become the first golfer to win the Par 3 and the Masters in the same year.

“I’m not afraid of it”, said Moore, after winning the Par 3. “ You never know, someone has to break the curse at some point in time, so hopefully it’s me “. The result was disaster. Not only the Ryan Moore not win the Masters, he carded rounds of 77 – 72 and failed to play through the weekend.

The Augusta National Golf Club course has not been particularly kind to Moore, whose best Masters finish of 13th came in 2005. Moore placed 14th in the 2010 Masters Tournament. 2015 could be different as Moore heads for Augusta ranked in the top 10 in FedEx Cup Points, and in the top 35 in world golf ranking.

Seeds to Moore’s successful start to the 2015 season were planted back in November when the Las Vegas resident made it back to back titles at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. The win was Ryan’s 4th Tour win and it placed him in select company as Moore became the first golfer to successfully defend a PGA Tour title since Tiger Woods  at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2012 and 2013.

So far in 2015, Ryan Moore has played 6 events, posting top 25 finishes 5 times. That includes a tie for 9th  at Doral and a 5th place finish last week at Palm Harbor.

Moore’s game seems to be rolling in the right direction just in time for his visit to Augusta. I don’t think he will be looking to defend the Par 3 title from a year ago. This time Ryan Moore will be ready to contend for the green jacket. He is one to watch at the 2015 Masters Tournament.

  • Sam Crenshaw, Club Magnolia member and guest blogger, is a sports reporter in the Atlanta area and author of SamCrenshaw.com.