Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Compiled by Scott Kendrick and Garry Smits


All the defenders of golf equipment advances got plenty of compelling evidence this weekend at Pinehurst No. 2.

No golf ball was going to spin and hold those greens Sunday. No hot driver was going to keep the ball out of the rough.

Golf's old guard wants (and needs) to protect the game somewhat from technology, but the USGA got it right this weekend. The skill and creativity needed to win the tournament were locked within the classic Donald Ross course design and the way the course was prepared.

It made for compelling golf, making the world's best think their way through the course, not just mash through it. Even par won the tournament. It was the way the game was intended to be.


Jason Gore (below), the surprise contender at the U.S. Open this week at Pinehurst, has created confusion and received laughs from the media, fans and fellow players with his novel approach to the English language.

A collection of the best Gore-isms:

On playing in the final group Sunday with Retief Goosen:

"I'm going to put the tee in the ground, I'm going to set the ball on it and pick my target and I'm going to try to flush the toilet and go from there."

On meeting former President Bush at the 1997 Southern California Amateur:

"I was trying to make the Walker Cup team, and I had a one-shot lead. The next thing you know, President Bush comes up introducing himself, and I have three holes left and of course I made bogey. So that was a little bit of an inopportune time to meet the president."

On pointing at his putt dropping in the hole at No. 18 for a birdie to close the third round:

"I looked at my caddie and said, 'Did I just point that ball into the hole.' And he said, 'Yeah, you did.' And I said, 'What a cheese ball.' "

When asked if his father taught him to play golf:

"My dad never played. …

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