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An Aggie on the PGA Tour

By December 7, 2010

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — Tiger Wood, Phil Mickelson, Davis High graduate Nick Watney and the rest of the golfers on the PGA Tour are about to find out about Aggie pride.

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When professional golf\’s major league begins its 2011 season with the Hyundai Tournament of

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Champions in Hawaii on Jan. 6, former UC Davis standout Scott Gordon could be among them. That\’s because on Monday, Gordon finished in a tie for 27th place in the final round of tour qualifying at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, to become the first player in Aggie men\’s golf history to earn his PGA tour card.

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Gordon, who qualified for the six-round final after two previous stages, shot a 9-under 420. The top 25 and ties were guaranteed full PGA Tour status but two players already had their cards due to their standing on the Nationwide Tour money list and were competing to improve their position. That extended the cut line to include Gordon and two others who tied for 27th.

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The winner of the 2004 Colby E. “Babe” Slater Award as the top male athlete at UCD, played 26 events on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 and is one of 17 tour rookies who earned their cards on Monday.

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Gordon had scores of 70, 70 and 67 over the first three rounds, before finishing with three consecutive rounds of 71, alternating play between the par-71 Panther Lake Course and the par-72 Crooked Cat Course at the tournament site. Tour veteran Billy Mayfair won medalist honors at 18-under. A total of 155 golfers were attempting to earn their prestigious cards.

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“It\’s amazing what he did,” said Cy Williams who coached Gordon during his All-America career at UCD that concluded in 2004. “He\’s really worked hard. For him to hold up over six rounds against the best players is impressive. We\’re very proud of Scott\’s accomplishment.”

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Gordon shot a 1-under 71 at Crooked Cat during Monday\’s last round which was played in 45-degree temperatures with winds at 12 mph. He was 3-under after nine holes, playing the back at 2-over to finish with a 71. Gordon had an eagle on the par-4 12th at Panther Creek during the fifth round to highlight his qualifying performance.

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The former Aggie\’s arrival on PGA tour could allow the one-time Jesuit star to renew an old rivalry with Watney. Each graduated high school in 1999 and the two players faced each other in a 9-hole prep dual match that March. The Marauders came out ahead that day — with Gordon shooting a 37 and Watney carding a 38 — but the Blue Devils got their revenge as Watney led them to the Sac-Joaquin Section title.

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Enterprise staff

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