Gore holds on to win Nationwide Tour event

Gore holds on to win Nationwide Tour event

MIAMI (AP) — Jason Gore shot a final-round 71 to hold off a charge by Kevin Kisner and Scott Gutschewski and win the Miccosukee Championship by four shots on Sunday.

Gore was 16 under through the first three rounds before his even-par finish, but he had built such a big lead that the outcome was never really in doubt. Kisner finished with a 4-under 67 and Gutschewski shot 69, with four others another shot back.

The Nationwide Tour victory was the seventh for Gore but first since 2005, when he also won the 84 Lumber Classic on the PGA Tour. He’s been playing mostly on that tour ever since.

The former Pepperdine standout won his first Nationwide event in 2000, won twice two years later, and won three times during his breakout 2005 season. He earned more than $1 million on the PGA Tour in 2007, before struggling the past couple years. He’s made only five cuts in 10 tries on the PGA Tour this season while splitting time with the Nationwide Tour.

Gore struggled from the start on Sunday, bogeying the first two holes at Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, before rallying with a pair of birdies to get back to 16 under.

He birdie the par-4 13th and bogeyed the par-4 closing hole, with a slew of pars thrown in.

John Kimbell, Won Joon Lee, David Hearn and Keegan Bradley were in the group at 11 under, while five more were six shots off the pace.

There’s two events left during the Nationwide season, beginning with the Jacksonville Open next weekend at Ponte Vedra, Fla., and closing with the Nationwide Tour Championship on Oct. 28-31 at Daniel Island Club in Charlston, S.C.

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