Gore gets in Memorial, but has long road to U.S. Open


DUBLIN, Ohio – This week’s Memorial gives players who are not already exempt two chances to qualify for the U.S. Open, either through the World Golf Ranking or Monday’s 36-hole qualifier.

The Columbus, Ohio, qualifier is loaded with PGA Tour players, including last week’s winner Steven Bowditch, but one player in the field at Muirfield Village who won’t be at the Brookside and Lakes courses on Monday is Jason Gore.

Gore is scheduled to play the qualifier on Monday in Newport Beach, Calif., which was closest to his home in Valencia.

“I didn’t think I would get into this event [Memorial],” said Gore, who plans to take a late flight home on Sunday in time to play Monday’s 36-hole marathon.

Gore was three strokes off the lead to begin the final round at the 2005 U.S. Open but struggled to a closing 84 and tied for 49th place.