2002: Gore hits paydirt with Oregon victory

By Jason Gore

Junction City, Ore.

After making one cut in his previous four starts, Jason Gore knew it was time to go to work.

Gore took care of business Sept. 15 at the Oregon Classic with a three-shot victory over five players. Gore shot a tournament-record 18-under 270 for his first Buy.com Tour victory since the 2000 Buy.com New Mexico Classic.

“I had fun but this one was hard-fought,” said Gore, who collected $76,500 to move from No. 62 to No. 19 on the money list. “Today was a grinding day. The kind where you get your shoes dirty and go do it.”

Gore, who shot 1-under 71 Sunday, started the day two shots ahead of Ryuji Imada.

“I was nervous standing on the first tee, no doubt. If you’re not nervous, something’s wrong,” said Gore, who drove his 4-wood shot into the trees to begin his day. “I felt good all week and thought the only person who could beat me was me. You get in those grooves sometimes. But after my first tee shot I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff. Saturday I felt in command every time I stood over a shot. Today, it was hold on for dear life.”

Arron Oberholser made a charge with a final-round 66. Oberholser, who finished well before Gore, didn’t expect to earn back-to-back victories. (Oberholser won Sept. 8 at the Utah Classic.)

“All he has to do is keep breathing and he’ll win,” said Oberholser. “He’s a good player, and he’s not coming back to us.”

Gore toasted the victory with a little champagne that his fiancee, Meagan, brought with her on a surprise trip from California. All that hard work can leave a man thirsty.

– Staff and wire reports

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