Late Surge Keeps Gossett on Top
Now, Gossett wants to follow in Tigers professional footsteps. And he can start at this weeks John Deere Classic.
Gossett shot a third-round 3-under-par 68 at the TPC at Deere Run to maintain a one-shot lead over three others entering the final round in Silvis, Ill.
Should Gossett prevail, he would become the first player in five years to win a PGA tour event on a sponsors exemption. The last player to do so? You guessed it, Tiger Woods at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational.
'It's a learning process playing with the last group,' said Gossett, who started the third round with a two-shot lead. 'It's fun to play with the emotions and the ups and downs of being right on the verge of doing really well. I think I managed it pretty well.'
Briny Baird, Bradley Hughes and Paul Stankowski all shot 5-under 66s to earn a share of second place.
Hughes led the tournament at 14-under, but bogeyed his final hole. That was nothing compared Edward Fryatt. Fryatt also made his way to 14-under, only to finish double bogey-bogey. The 30-year-old from Las Vegas is now three off the pace at 11-under after a 69.
Eight players are within three strokes of Gossetts lead. Of those eight, only Stankowski has previously won on tour; though, he hasnt done so since 1997.
Fourteen players have made this event their first PGA Tour victory.
'I do feel ready to win,' Gossett said. 'I've been really close to getting in the winner's circle. I feel like my week is coming and it looks like it could be this week.'
Gossett birdied two of his first three holes on Saturday. The 22-year-old from Germantown, Tenn., offset a bogey at the 4th with a birdie at the 5th, and then proceeded to par his next seven holes.
Gossett slipped two shots off the lead with a bogey at the par-4 13th, but rebounded with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to regain sole possession of first place.
Full-field scores from the John Deere Classic
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting 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, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18