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.