So much has happened to Taylor Moore in the past few years.
It took a lot of patience and hard work to come back. And now he has a PGA tour card to show for it.
Taylor, 27, won the Korn Ferry Tour Memorial Health Championship last Sunday after shooting a 65. That earned him the tour card, which was a major turning point in his career after some demoralizing setbacks.
In March 2019, the Edmond Memorial graduate was playing golf with friends in Scottsdale, Arizona when he was feeling sick and having difficulty breathing. He went to the nearest emergency room thinking he had food poisoning.
However, Taylor had to stay in Scottsdale for three days after suffering spontaneous pneumothorax, a condition in which his right lung collapsed due to an infection. Getting on a plane for a planned trip home to Dallas would have made his condition more complicated due to the change in air pressure.
After driving home, his lungs collapsed again, leading to surgery at Baylor Medical Center.
Moore’s recovery took three months, forcing him to miss 12 tournaments in 2019. Hoping for a comeback in 2020, Taylor played five events before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season.
Taylor didn’t really get back into full swing until later in 2020, and he said this affected his game.
“I really had two big things that were out of my control and I don’t think I necessarily handled them the best way back then,” said Moore. “I think overall I was just frustrated and a little annoyed that I missed so much time and really didn’t play great golf.”
Moore, who set a course record of 60 at Panther Creek Country Club last Saturday, made his father proud after receiving the PGA Tour card.
“From a parenting point of view, it was very cool to see,” said Rod Moore, who coached baseball for 20 years. “The persistence he went through … the patience somehow put him to the test. But I think that’s why it certainly meant a lot more. And he’s always been a kid, and if you ask someone, it worked harder than anyone else. “
Born in Saint Angelo, Texas, Taylor began swinging clubs around the age of 2. He won the first tournament he ever competed in at the age of 7 in Longview, Texas, shooting 35 in a 10-and-under, 9-hole event.
After moving to Edmond when he was 8 years old, Taylor’s main course was KickingBird. He played baseball and basketball for most of his youth. When he was 14, he decided golf was his main sport around the time he was sponsored by PING and started getting noticed by colleges.
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Taylor won two state championships, his sophomore and junior years, while at the Edmond Memorial before signing up to Arkansas. Rod played baseball there and Melinda, Taylor’s mother, was a cheerleader. Ranked # 2 high school player in the 2012 class by Golfweek, Taylor was named Co-SEC Freshman of the Year in 2013. In 2016 he became a professional.
“I think the sky is the limit,” said Rod. “He’s a sporty boy who plays golf.
“I think he’s matured quite a bit in the last four or five years. And I think maturity came with a lot of patience and a lot of course management. Many things connected with it really calmed him down and you can see him much more easily. “
Taylor was part of the Mackenzie Tour in Canada before joining the Korn Ferry Tour, where he has competed for the past five years and achieved 10 top 10 finishes. With a PGA Tour card after his victory last Sunday, Taylor can realize his dream and compete in professional golf at the highest level.
It took. It took a lot of work.
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“It’s obviously a dream of mine to compete against the best in the world,” said Taylor, who finished eighth with 15 under par after three rounds of the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Missouri. “That was my goal since I was 14 and decided to quit baseball. I was fully involved in golf. I wanted to be a top player in the world.
“I’m just thrilled to have the opportunity to prove myself on the big tour and play against some of the other best golfers in the world as I know I can.”