Gore lands Monday qualifier spot at Torrey Pines
They held a one-day PGA Tour tournament Monday. At least it sure looks that way if you look at the list of notables who showed up at El Camino Country Club in Oceanside, Calif.
The occasion was the Monday qualifier for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open and as a sign of the times – too many good players, not enough spots – the field was deep in PGA Tour pedigree.
When all had been played out, Jason Gore shot 65 to lead the parade into Torrey Pines, joined by a trio who shot 66 – James Oh, Lenny Mattiace, and Jeff Hart.
Gore – who does not have full status this year and is playing out of the former champion’s category – finished birdie, birdie to make sure he’ll play in a PGA Tour tournament for a second straight week. (He was T-29 last week at the Bob Hope Classic.)
That offered reason to smile, but it was a different story for 101 others. Among the experienced PGA Tour players who came up short were James Nitties, John Huston, John Mallinger, John Merrick, Frank Lickliter, Woody Austin, Ted Purdy, Aron Price, Rod Pampling, Michael Letzig, George McNeill, Parker McLachlin, Jeff Quinney, and Kirk Triplett.
Oh, and both Charles Warren and Ken Duke, both of whom made five birdies in bogey-free rounds – yet missed by a shot.
Also missing was Brett Waldman, the former caddie for Camilo Villegas who earned Nationwide Tour status at Q School last year and is biding time while waiting for that circuit to get going.