Gore wins record 7th Nationwide Tour event


Nationwide TourMiami – Jason Gore won the Miccosukee Championship on Sunday for his record seventh Nationwide Tour title, closing with an even-par 71 in windy conditions for a four-stroke victory over Kevin Kisner and Scott Gutschewski.

Gore, also the 2005 84 Lumber Classic winner on the PGA Tour, broke a tie with Sean Murphy, Matt Gogel and Kevin Johnson for the developmental tour’s victory record.

“It’s a hard way to make an easy living. A lot of people play for money, but I love trophies,” Gore said after his first victory since 2005. “Trophies shine! This one ranks among the best. It’s just been so darn long. It never gets old. It doesn’t matter where or when you win.”

Gore finished at 16 under and earned $108,000 to jump from 124th to 39th on the money list with $141,451. The top 60 after the Jacksonville Open next week will qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship and the final top 25 will earn 2011 PGA Tour cards.

“It’s been a rough year,” the former Pepperdine star said. “That was really the goal this week, to just make enough to keep playing.”

Gore struggled during the windy final round.

“I was just trying to play good golf because 80 was right around the corner,” said Gore, who started the day with a two-stroke lead. “You slip up a couple times and some big numbers come quickly. It was brutal.”

Kisner finished with a 67, and Gutschewski had a 69.