GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jason Gore was headed to buy new clothes, or at least do some laundry, after he finished in second place at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club.
After all, he didn't come to Greensboro expecting to be playing in the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs this week.
"I've got no clothes to wear. I've got to go do laundry right now, I've got nothing. I had a 7 o'clock flight (Sunday night), I was going home, I was going to be ready for Web.com finals," the straightforward Gore said.
Gore entered Sunday's final round with a two-shot lead, but had slipped three shots behind eventual winner Davis Love III through 14 holes.
He entered the tournament ranked 166th in FedEx Cup points, knowing that he needed at least a solo second-place finish to be in the top 125, which guarantees players a tour card for the next season.
So when Gore poured in an eagle on the 15th, picked up pars at Nos. 16 and 17 -- including a gutsy up-and-down at the 17th -- and two-putt parred the 18th to finish a stroke behind Love, there were plenty of emotions flowing.
"I was nervous. We weren't just playing for a golf tournament, we were playing for a job next year. So yeah, as excited as I was to be there, I was sweating there at the end," Gore said. "You know, came here this week to try to keep my job for next year and ... maybe I'll set my goals a little higher."
The nerves were flowing before that eagle putt, although he said he chatted with golf commentator David Feherty on the side of the green before the putt. Gore had time to kill because playing partner Jonas Blixt had to be driven back down the fairway after hitting his second shot out of bounds.
"I think that was a good thing. It was unfortunate for Jonas, but I got to take a little breather and go curse a few words with Feherty over there and ... it was good," Gore said with a wry smile. "He called me a few rather funky names, we'll just keep it at that."
Gore's finish moved him to 98th in points and meant he had to re-arrange his travel schedule. The good news was that Gore's check for second place was more than $500,000, so he could probably afford to pick up some new outfits.
This article was written by Conor O'Neill from Times-News, Burlington, N.C. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
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