Gossetts 59 Highlights 4th Round at Q-School
Saturday, the 1999 U.S. Amateur champion fired a 13-under-par 59 on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. The round, as impressive as it was, was also much needed as it put the 21-year-old in position to earn his 2001 PGA Tour card.
Playing the fourth of six rounds in the PGA Qualifying Tournament finals, Gossett recorded 11 birdies and an ace at the par-3 3rd, his 12th of the day, en route to the historic number.
'It was a great round but I have an uphill battle with two days to go, but this puts me much closer to my dream of making the PGA Tour,' said Gossett.
How surprising was Gossett's 59? Well, in seven pro starts this season, the former Texas Longhorn missed all seven cuts and failed to break 70 in each round played. In fact, Gossett began this week's final stage with rounds of 70-76-71.
At 1-over-par through three rounds, Gossett was mired in 129th position halfway through the Q-School finals. Thirteen strokes-to-par later, he's back in contention, tied for 25th, with the top 35 and ties following the conclusion of play earning their 2001 PGA Tour playing privileges.
'Certainly any time you make birdies and play good golf you're going to pass people,' said Gossett. 'And that was my objective going out today. I figured if I could make some birdies, hang in there and throw up three great rounds I would be in good position when Monday rolls around.'
Two years ago, David Duval shot 59 in the final round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West. Saturday, it was Gossett's turn on the neighboring Nicklaus-design.
Gossett began his day with a birdie at the par-4 10th. He added a second birdie at the 12th, and then posted a series of red numbers on holes 14-17.
Upon making the turn at 6-under, Gossett birdied the par-4 1st, before holing an 8-iron at the 3rd. A par 5 at the 4th and another par at the 5th meant Gossett had to play his final four holes in 4-under to reach the magical number.
He did just that.
Gossett birdied each of his final four holes, including holing an eight-foot putt at the last for his first sub-60, and sub-70 score, for that matter.
South African Andrew McLardy leads through 72 holes. The 26-year-old carded seven birdies to just one bogey for a 6-under-par 66. At 27-under-par for the tournament, McLardy is three strokes clear of Australian Stephen Allan, who shot 65 on Saturday.
Along with Gossett in 25th place is Joe Daley. The former PGA Tour player was cruising his way through the fourth round before disaster struck at the par-3 17th. First, Daley hit his tee shot into the water. Then, faced with a three-foot putt for double-bogey, Daley struck his ball dead center into the cup - only it didn't stay there. The ball seemed to hit the back of the cup, inside the cylinder, and pop out. A flabbergasted Daley threw his cap down in frustration before eventually accepting his triple bogey 6.
'That the damnedest thing I've ever seen,' said Daley, who bogeyed the 18th to drop four shots in his final two holes.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome
Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)
The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...
And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.
Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas
He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.
Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.
Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.
In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.
Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.
Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.
Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic
Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double
Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open
Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open
Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row
Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow
Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship
The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ
Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year
And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season
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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com counted down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below. And click here for the full collection of articles.
Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.
They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.
Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.
Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.
Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.
''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''
The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.
In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''
Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.