2002: Gore campaign strengthens
Three weeks ago, it would have taken a fairly lengthy search to find Jason Gore’s name on the Buy.com Tour earnings list.
You won’t be seeing it there much longer. After his second consecutive victory, Gore has moved from No. 62 to No. 4, ensuring his return to the PGA Tour in 2003.
Gore, who won the Oregon Classic Sept. 15, backed it up with a two-shot victory Sept. 22 at the Boise Open.
“Today was a battle just like last week,” said Gore, who shot 2-over-par 73 Sunday and finished at 11-under 273. “The course was ten times harder today than it played earlier in the week. Patience was the word of the day.”
The largest winner’s check on tour so far – $103,500 – moved Gore to No. 4 at $230,472 after he started the week at No. 19. Gore joins Cliff Kresge, Patrick Moore and Arron Oberholser as two-time winners this year. Gore also is the first player to win back-to-back since Pat Bates closed out the 2001 season with victories at the Shreveport Open and the Tour Championship.
“It’s hard to believe that just a couple of weeks ago I was out looking for sponsors,” said Gore. “It’s amazing how quick things have turned around for me.”
Barry Cheesman (69) and Emlyn Aubrey (69) tied for second at 9-under 275.
The two-week victory stretch means Gore can change his fall plans.
“I can’t wait to watch Q-School on television this year,” said Gore. “I told Mr. (Bill) Calfee (of the PGA Tour) after I won today that I wanted my $4,000 registration check back.”
– Staff and wire reports