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Gore shares lead at Houston Open

Gore shares lead at Houston Open

Jason Gore took inspiration from a cap given to him by Major League Baseball all-star Roger Clemens and shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to share the lead with five others after two rounds of the Houston Open.
Defending champion Stuart Appleby, Bubba Watson, D.J. Brigman and Texans Bob Estes and Jeff Maggert also were 6 under after two rounds, and Hunter Mahan, Tommy Armour III and Tom Byrum were one shot back.
Gore first met Clemens, a six-time MLB pitcher of the year award winner and his boyhood idol, two years ago at the ADT Skills Challenge and the two became friends.
"He's always been my hero," Gore said.
Clemens played in a pro-am on Wednesday and also gave Gore a T-shirt that read "Tough All Day" across the front. The inspired Gore marked the letters "TAD" on his ball before teeing off Thursday and shot a 2-under 70, his best round in more than a month.
"It's just one of those things," Gore said of the simple message. "No matter how bad things go, you've got to just stay tough."
The mantra fit the blustery conditions Friday at the 7,457-yard Tournament Course at Redstone, hosting the event for the second year. Players backed off putts and avoided tricky pins all day because of the unpredictable gusts.
"I can stay as patient as anybody out there and I knew it was playing tough," said Estes, who followed an opening 67 with a 71. "It's tough to get the ball in play on a lot of holes, to even have a chance to play a conservative approach shot."
Appleby followed a 66 with a 72 on Friday, failing to break 70 for the first time in six rounds at the new Redstone course.
"The wind was a real factor," Appleby said. "I didn't create many opportunities and when I did, I wasn't putting good enough."
Watson's 67 was the lowest round of the day. He sank birdie putts of 24 and 30 feet and two-putted from 50 feet on the par-5 fifth after blasting a 350-yard drive.
Brigman, who finished fourth on the U.S. developmental tour last week, knocked a 3-wood to six feet for an eagle on the par-5 13th, but also had two bogeys he blamed on the wind for his 68. Maggert's share of the lead after a 71 comes after slipping on ice and cracking a rib in December. He aggravated the injury in February and hasn't made a cut in three starts since returning.
"I feel like I'm just not getting comfortable with my golf swing," Maggert said. "No pain in the rib whatsoever."
Tournament organizers said the players will tee off an hour early on Saturday and half the field will start on No. 10 because thunderstorms are forecast for the afternoon.


Updated : 2021-10-27 02:38 GMT+08:00