Gores Star Continues to Rise

By Jerry FoltzJuly 18, 2005, 4:00 pm
'I feel like I've let them down--a lot, at times,' is how Jason Gore summarized his feelings about his final round 84 at the U.S. Open as well as his career in general. The 31-year-old was referring to his mother, his wife, and all those supporters who've long recognized his potential while enduring the heartbreak of periodic setbacks that have become a constant in his career.
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Jason Gore's stellar play has secured him a place on the PGA Tour in 2006.
Jason Gore's talent was in full bloom four weeks ago in Pinehurst. A level of talent that proved to the whole world that he could compete at the highest level. Those who know him, and those who've seen him play were not surprised.
'Surely he'll be a non-factor tomorrow,' is what was on the minds of the so-called experts and doubting fans as Jason held a share of the 36-hole lead at Pinehurst #2. But on Saturday he didn't disappear. Not by a long shot. Rather, he stole the show, and in the process, he stole the hearts of millions of viewers around the world.
With glory seemingly at his finger tips and the dreams of a lifetime on the verge of coming true, Jason saw the fairytale vanish right before his eyes.
Two weeks later, Jason wasn't making arrangements to travel to Scotland in hopes of winning the other Open, nor was he taping commercials for Nike. Instead, Jason Gore found himself right back where he started the week before the Open. He was preparing for his next Nationwide Tour event. He was the same ol' good guy, joking with his friends, smiling at every volunteer, engaging the suddenly curious media, and setting about his work. Only this time, Jason was a bit different.
Surely it would have been understandable if he tried to cash in on his newfound 15 minutes. After all, he was barely in the top 70 on the Nationwide Tour money list and nobody would blame him if he chased those prospective sponsor's-exemptions on the PGA Tour. But Jason knew his best route to the PGA Tour was the Nationwide Tour, and he had plenty of work ahead of him if he wanted to get there in 2006. And now, he had the all-too-evasive confidence in his ability that can't be faked.
Gore resumed his Nationwide Tour campaign with a 10th place finish at the Lake Erie Charity Classic and a jump to 57th on the money list. It was his best finish of the year, but not nearly good enough to offer any guarantees for the future. However, everything changed the following week.
Gore played four rounds at the National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic exactly as he had played the first three at #2. And in doing so, he notched his fourth career victory on the Nationwide Tour. He vaulted to No. 7 on the money list and looked like a lock to finish the year in the top-20. He still needed about $50,000, but with 16 tournaments remaining on the schedule, that shouldn't be a problem.
His last victory on the Nationwide Tour was in 2002, and it came the week following his next to last victory. The thought of winning back to back again was certainly on his mind as he packed his trophy in the back of his SUV en-route to the next stop on the Nationwide Tour.
The end of Jason's streak appeared over halfway through the Scholarship America Showdown. He was 9 shots back of the lead, and almost certainly fatigued both physically and emotionally. But in Jason's own words, 'Every tournament is important and the most important one to me is the one I'm playing in.' Opportunity was knocking.
He shot 64 under tough conditions on Saturday, and followed it up with 67 on Sunday. And just like that, Jason Gore turned a 9 shot deficit into a 4 shot victory. His second in a row for the second time in his career.
Jason now sits in third on the money list with more than enough to graduate to the PGA Tour if he doesn't earn another dollar. He's also just one win away from the Battlefield Promotion and instant status on the PGA Tour. And when asked what his playing plans are now, Jason replied with a confused look that seemed to say that it's all happened too quickly to comprehend. 'I'm not sure. Tonight my wife and son are flying home and I'm supposed to meet them there after I drop off my car in Omaha. Two weeks off sounds good right now.'
Jason's life has changed permanently in about the time it takes Lance Armstrong to win a race. It's been a wild ride, and like Lance, Jason has dominated the competition. But there is no final stage of the race for Jason. As a matter of fact, the immediate destination is uncertain.
The glamour that was within his grasp for a few fleeting moments at the U.S. Open is now back within reach. But that same ol' loveable big guy that endeared himself to us all a month ago won't change one iota.
After sealing the deal this past Sunday in Wisconsin, Jason kissed his wife and son goodbye at the gas station. Megan and Jaxon on their way to the airport, and Jason driving into the night -- presumably to Omaha. And when he then pulled up behind me at the Taco Bell drive thru on his last stop before the lonely drive, I turned to wave goodbye. Through those darkly tinted Southern California style windows I could only make out his silhouette. That was until I saw that one thing golf fans worldwide have fallen in love with--his ear-to-ear pearly whites.
Not that he ever needed them, but Jason Gore now has many reasons to smile. He may not have known where he'd spend the night, but his destination is certain. The self esteem that led him to feel as though he'd let down his family at Pinehurst has been redeemed. And the talent that first set him on his quest to chase a dream, well, let's just say that his future is even brighter than the smile that lights up an empty car.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”