But after a successful rookie campaign, the 26-year-old former NCAA champion and US Walker Cup member believes he is now equipped with hands-on experience to take his game to the next level.
Moore was the dominant figure in the just concluded ADT season, a secondary circuit launched by the Asian Tour last year to provide playing opportunities for up-and-coming pros like Moore to cut their professional teeth and find their way onto the elite Asian Tour through a top-three finish on the ADT rankings.
Chinese Taipei's duo Chiang Chen-chih and Kao Shang-hung, second and third on the rankings, also earned Asian Tour cards for 2012.
"Landing in the Bangkok airport in January, I was nervous when we were waiting to get into a taxi. It was like being thrown to the wolves," recalled Moore.
"But things started to click at Qualifying School where I played well. I think I've learned a lot by playing on a Tour, like dealing with competing for four weeks in a row. The opportunity to play on the Asian Tour and ADT helped me gain confidence and I know I can take my game anywhere and compete."
Moore won the PGM-Impian Classic in Malaysia and registered four other top-four finishes on the ADT to top the class with US$29,579. He has competed in eight other Asian Tour events, notching three top-20s to lie in 79th place on the Order of Merit.
While the amiable American has already secured his card on the main Tour for next season, he knows a top-60 finish on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit will get him into all the big events.
"That will be the goal, but winning will be better," smiled Moore. "The quality of golf has been great over here. The ADT and Asian Tour can certainly compare to the Nationwide Tour and PGA Tour as everything is provided for the players and there is a competitive environment here.
"I'm certainly expecting to see more Americans coming out to the Asian Tour Qualifying School next year once they learn about some of the success that I've had and the likes of Berry (Henson) winning on the main Tour (ICTSI Philippine Open)."
Over a year ago, Moore switched coaches and started working with Mike Benda and James Sieckmannn. His wife Claire, who is an optometrist, gave up her career to caddie for Moore in Asia.
"Winning the ADT Order of Merit was unexpected. Some good things happened and I think this will help me. Playing in Asia beats competing on the mini tours back home. When I go home to play now, it seems easier to play. Our courses in Asia seem tighter and more difficult," said Moore.
"The changes that I've made in my game have come good. Everything is flowing and there are no questions in my mind. I'm just going out there to hit my next shot. I've got no regrets making that decision to come out to Asia as the Asian Tour has been an absolute blessing for me."