Gump Wins For First Time in 10 Years

By Sports NetworkSeptember 26, 2004, 4:00 pm
BOISE, Idaho -- Scott Gump shot a three-under 68 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Boise Open. He finished at 14-under-par 270 and won by two over Michael Long and Jimmy Walker at Hillcrest Country Club.
Gump tallied his third win on the Nationwide Tour, but his first since the 1994 Greater Greenville Classic. The 10-year gap between victories on tour established a new record for most years between wins. Dick Mast held the old record of nine years, three months and 23 days.
I knew through my experience, this is one of those days you have to hang in there, stay tough and try and get the job done, said Gump, who pocketed $108,000 for the win. I was lucky.
Walker, who, with two wins on tour this year could have advanced to the PGA Tour thanks to the battlefield promotion if he would have won, carded a one- under 70. Long also posted a 70 to join Walker in second place at 12-under-par 272.
Gump trailed overnight leader Justin Bolli by a stroke heading into Sundays final round, but the 38-year-old wasted little time in erasing the deficit. He missed the green long at No. 1, but chipped in from behind the putting surface.
At the par-five second, Gumps 40-foot eagle try missed the hole, but he tapped in for birdie. He added another birdie at the third and took over sole possession of the lead.
Gump dropped a stroke at the par-three fourth, but rebounded with a birdie at No. 8.
None of his closest competitors mounted a challenge, so Gump played the majority of the back nine with a three-shot lead. Gump leads the tour in driving accuracy, but missed some fairways on the second nine.
Gump missed the short stuff at 12, 14 and 16, but saved par all three times. When Long and Walker both failed to hole out their approaches at the closing hole, Gump marched on to the winners circle.
It was a tough day, said Gump. The greens were firm and the pins were brutal. I actually played here in 1990 and its grown into such a great tournament.
Bradley Hughes (67), Kyle Thompson (70) and Scott Gutschewski (70) tied for fourth place at 11-under-par 273.
Bolli struggled to a two-over 73 on Sunday and shared seventh place with Chris Tidland (70) and David Hearn (72). The trio was knotted at 10-under-par 274.
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