As we watched Michael Block become one of the runaway stories of the PGA Championship this weekend, it was easy for us at Pinehurst to fondly remember another magical run, the one by Jason Gore all the way to the final pairing on Sunday at the 2005 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2.
Nine years ago – and about a month before the 2014 U.S. Open (you can even catch a glimpse of the grandstand by the first tee) – Gore returned to No. 2 and played it for the first time since that fateful Sunday where, to be very honest, the wheels came flying off. He joined us for an interview and had nothing but fond memories on his run into Pinehurst lore, even getting a little emotional in moments.
Block’s performance this weekend is obviously a different thing altogether, and clearly his status in professional golf is much different than Gore’s was, even at the time. Still, the 2005 U.S. Open is a memory that has had a lasting impact on Gore, and on everyone who came to Pinehurst that week. It’s one we’ve been grateful to celebrate with his photo on the clubhouse wall ever since.
We hope you enjoy this look back.
9 Years Later, Jason Gore Returns to Pinehurst
For the first time since his Tin Cup hopes of winning the 2005 U.S. Open were dashed with a heartbreaking 84 in the final round on Sunday, Jason Gore stepped to the first tee of Pinehurst No. 2. His emotions of the moment are clear in the interview above.