Gore Returns to Nationwide Tour

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 21, 2005, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourThe magic number is five. That's how many events remain before the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship. The top 60 players on the money list following the Miccosukee Championship get a chance to compete in the final event of the season in efforts to gain their PGA Tour cards.
Currently, Cliff Kresge holds down the 60th spot; however, he is just $55 ahead of David Morland IV. Less than $8,000 separates Scott Gardiner in the 65th position from Kresge.
This week's event is one of the four original venues on the tour and is one of four events offering a purse of $650,000 or more with a first-place prize of $117,000.
While their are plenty of storylines floating around, none carry the weight -- no pun intended -- of the Jason Gore story.
Gore, who won this event in 2002, is back -- even though he doesn't need to be. Gore won three times this year to earn a 'battlefield promotion' to the PGA Tour. He then won in the big leagues just last week, at the 84 Lumber Classic.
Instead of competing in this week's Valero Texas Open, or taking a week off to celebrate his most recent triumph, Gore is playing once again on the 'developmental' circuit, having received a special exemption from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem to do so.
Gore is currently second on the Nationwide money list, with over $350,000. He trails leader Troy Matteson, who won last week for the second time this season, by just under $86,000.
Gore and Matteson teamed earlier this week in the Kraft/Nabisco Shoot-out at the Hillcrest Country Club. They lost to the team of Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer.
Thirteen of the last 14 winners of this event have all found a place on the PGA Tour. Only last year's champion, Scott Gump, did not make the jump and he will defend his title this week. Gump shot a 3-under 68 in the final round last year to come from behind and win the Boise Open. He finished at 14-under-par 270 and won by two over Michael Long and Jimmy Walker at Hillcrest Country Club. Gump tallied his third win on the Nationwide Tour, but his first since the 1994 Greater Greenville Classic.
The 10-year gap between victories on tour established a new record for most years between wins. Dick Mast held the old record of nine years, three months and 23 days.
There have been only two playoffs in the 15-year history of the tournament. The first one came in 1991 when Russell Beiersdorf defeated Rich Parker with a par on the third extra hole. Keith Fergus beat Bill Murchison with a par on the second extra hole in 1994. In the 15-year history of the event, there has not been an outright, wire-to-wire winner in Boise.
Hillcrest Country Club has hosted this event since its inception in 1990.
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    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

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    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Dustin Johnson

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Only Dustin Johnson could win four times in 2017 and it still feels as though he underachieved.

    That’s unfair, perhaps, but it’s a testament to Johnson’s awesome ability – and his incredible run of form last spring – that observers can’t help but shake the feeling that his year could have been even better.

    In February, he rose to the top of the world rankings for the first time, the culmination of a long, bizarre journey in which he often battled himself (through major blunders and, reportedly, drug-related suspensions) as much as his peers. Johnson’s blowout victory at Riviera was his first of three consecutive titles (including two WGCs), as he achieved Tiger-like levels of dominance and rolled into the Masters as the prohibitive favorite.

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    Expectations for this star-crossed talent are always different, and so the surprise wasn’t that he blew that major but that he didn’t even give himself a chance. In one of the biggest stunners of the year, Johnson’s manager announced on the eve of the first round that his client had suffered a back injury while slipping on a set of stairs in his rental house. Just like that, the year’s first major was thrown into chaos, with Johnson unable to play – the line of demarcation in his good-but-not-great year.

    Though he added a playoff victory at the end of the season, Johnson failed to factor in any of the remaining three majors and was surprisingly inconsistent, perhaps because of swing compensations after the injury.

    Would DJ have denied Sergio Garcia a green jacket? Would he have created even more separation at the top of the world rankings? Would he have defended his Player of the Year title? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

    In typical DJ fashion, he left us to ponder what could have been.

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