Feeling OK about a Pinehurst “collapse”

Jason Gore may have collapsed in the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, but it doesn’t erase all of the great memories

After the New England Patriots’ monumental comeback to win Super Bowl LI to beat an Atlanta Falcons team that led 28-3 at one point, much of Monday has been spent recalling the worst “collapses” in sports history.

One that has been mentioned often involves golf – Greg Norman’s final round of the 1996 Masters. Another in golf, though, might come from the 2005 U.S. Open. Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and overnight sensation Jason Gore were in the championship’s final pairing that fateful Sunday, but each fell off the leaderboard faster than anyone could have possibly anticipated.

Before the 2014 U.S. Opens at Pinehurst, though, Gore returned to No. 2 for the first time since that Sunday round, a round in which he shot 84 to freefall from a chance at winning the U.S. Open to a tie for 49th.

But here’s the thing – Gore still humbly recalls with great feeling the overwhelming support he felt from Pinehurst and the fans here at the Open. And he credits that week – and that day specifically – with helping him forge a fruitful career in professional golf. The video above is long – it’s nearly 6 minutes – but his emotion is ever-present, and his story about making the final putt on 18 to close Saturday’s third round will give any golf fan goosebumps, especially those who were in the grandstand that day.

Jason Gore may have collapsed in shocking fashion the next day. But it was also a moment that helped him in every way in every day thereafter.

Not a bad perspective.

 

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