Playing through a pandemic: Some pros like Haley Moore barely slowed down

When the LPGA restarts the 2020 season in Toledo, Ohio, it will be a reunion of sorts for Haley Moore.

Her parents met as freshmen at Ohio State. Mom played tennis and dad was recruited as the short and long snapper for the football team. Moore’s father, Tom, grew up in Orrville, Ohio, which is situated about 2 ½ hours east of Toledo. She has family on both sides in the area and several planned to make the trip to the Marathon Classic in early August to watch her compete.

With the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament deciding to close next week’s event to spectators, however, it’s unclear whether or not the Marathon will carry on as ticket sales and pro-ams are vital to the event’s bottom line.

Never has a rookie year on the LPGA looked stranger, with lifelong dreams being halted almost as soon as they’d begun. Everyone has handled the prolonged break and barrage of bad news differently.

Moore, one of the bright lights in this year’s rookie class, might be the most tournament-ready player at the new LPGA Drive On Championship later this month at Inverness. While some players have gone five months without competing, Moore has teed it up in 11 tournaments since mid-March.

(Courtesy Haley Moore)

At her latest, the Cactus Tour event at Stallion Mountain in Las Vegas, Moore carded a final-round, course-record 64 to win by three strokes. It marked her fourth title at Stallion Mountain and second Cactus Tour title since the LPGA shut down in mid-February. How many course records does that give Moore?

“I don’t know,” she said, with a laugh, “there are so many.”

Gemma Dryburgh knows how important it is to feel a scorecard in hand – not to mention a trophy. The latest winner on the Rose Ladies Series said it’s impossible to know exactly where one’s game stands without competition.

The Scot was prepared to fly out next Monday for the U.S., in time for a two-week quarantine in Texas, before the two-tournament swing in Toledo. Even with the next two LPGA events in Scotland, Dryburgh considered it worth the effort to come to the U.S. given that there were two tournaments.

Title Defended!

LPGA Rookie Haley Moore (-11) fires a final round 64 to earn her second #CactusTour win of the year.

Moore held off last weeks winner, @GabiRuffels (-8), to successfully defend her title here @smgclasvegas.

Congratulations Haley!


— The Cactus Tour (@THECACTUSTOUR) July 1, 2020

Now with Marathon back in question, however, she’s not so sure.

The Old American Golf Club, host of the Volunteers of America LPGA event, in The Colony, Texas, offered LPGA players an honorary

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By: Beth Ann Nichols
Title: Playing through a pandemic: Some pros like Haley Moore barely slowed down
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Published Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:00:03 +0000

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