2005: Nationwide Tour - Gore goes back to back

Hudson, Wis.

Jason Gore’s magical ride since wowing the world at Pinehurst continued July 17 when he became the first Nationwide player to record consecutive victories twice.

A week after winning the National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic, and four weeks after playing in the final group on Sunday at the U.S. Open, Gore shot a final-round 67 to hold off Bill Haas and capture the Scholarship America Showdown. Haas also closed with a 67, earning his biggest payday on the Nationwide Tour this year.

Gore also won the Oregon Classic and the Albertsons Boise Open in consecutive weeks in 2002.

“If I hadn’t shot 84 in the (final round of the) Open, then maybe I wouldn’t be sitting here today,” he said. “Sunday golf is a lot more interesting than Thursday through Saturday golf.

“I surprised myself after Sunday at Pinehurst. That could have been a make-or-break round for me. To be honest, the last six weeks have been pretty incredible.”

Gore earned $94,500 for the victory, giving him $202,500 in his past two starts and a career-high $244,079 for the season, good enough for third place on the money list and ensuring a return to the PGA Tour next season. The top 20 at the end of the season will earn 2006 PGA Tour cards.

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