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Gore goes on at Northern Trust Open, Homa is out

Posted: February 15, 2014 11:11 p.m.
Updated: February 15, 2014 11:11 p.m.
 

PACIFIC PALISADES – The newly energized Jason Gore isn’t satisfied with just being able to play this week at his favorite PGA Tour event.

The Hart High graduate expects himself to put up a strong showing at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

Despite Gore making his first PGA Tour cut in two years this week, his attitude was lukewarm after he completed a 3-over 74 for his third round of the tournament on Saturday.

Gore’s 54-hole score of 1-over for the week puts him at a tie for 59th place with one round to play.

“It’s nice to be here, I just wish I would have played a little bit better,” Gore said. “It’s my first tournament of the year, so it’s just building blocks.”

The Valencia resident is 13 strokes behind William McGirt, who leads the field at 12-under.

It was an ugly start to the morning for Gore, who bogeyed four of the first six holes of his round Saturday to immediately put him in black numbers after starting the day at 2-under for the tourney.

It all began to go south after a miscue on his second shot of the opening hole that eventually led to him bogeying the par-5, which has been playing as the easiest hole on the course this week.

“I hit bad shots.  I wasn’t even nervous or anything,” Gore said of his start. “I hit a good drive on (hole) 1 and hit my second shot and slipped coming down. My hand came off the club and that’s just a gross feeling.”

Later in the day, as the gallery around his group grew, Gore recovered nicely with birdies on 9, 11 and 12. But his momentum was halted when he lipped out a 3-foot par putt on the tricky 15th green.

Earlier in the morning, fellow Santa Clarita Valley product Max Homa, a Valencia High graduate, finished up his second round after play was suspended Friday due to darkness.

Homa, making his Northern Trust Open debut this week, missed the 36-hole cut after coming in with a 3-over 145.
The cutline was at 1-over.

Gore, who is a good friend of Homa’s, offered some advice to the young professional.

“He’s got to keep his head up because I know he can get down on himself pretty easily,” Gore said. “He’s pretty hard on himself already, but he’ll be good.”

McGirt, who shot a 65 on Saturday, is the third different end-of-round leader the tournament has seen this week.

He’s followed on the leaderboard by George McNeill and Charlie Beljan, both at 10-under.

Those three will play together in today’s final grouping starting at 10:15 a.m.

Gore is starting on the 10th tee at 9:22 a.m. with Richard H. Lee and Pat Perez, who is a longtime friend of Gore’s.

“Go deep,” Gore said of his plan for the final round. “Just try to go out and see how many birdies I can make.”

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