Thursday, June 08, 2006

Gossett Still Plugging

david gossettMichelle Wie got all the attention during sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open, and I followed her attempt with interest, too. But one of her playing partners also caught my attention - David Gossett.

The former University of Texas standout and 1999 U.S. Amateur Champion is still plugging away, trying to find his way out of the wilderness in which he lost his game a couple years ago. Details of Gossett's downfall can be found in my post from last year, "Hey, didn't you used to be David Gossett?"

Golf World editor and columnist Ron Sirak said that, despite not playing well in the sectional where he was partnered with Wie, Gossett has much to teach the teen phenom:

Hopefully Wie was paying attention to one of her playing partners on Monday. David Gossett, a former U.S. Amateur champion whose game went on vacation a few years back and has yet to return, displayed a lot of what it takes to survive on the PGA Tour. He visited parts of the golf course that even Rees Jones never saw when he did his redesign at Canoe Brook, yet time and again he used his putter to save par and sometimes to save bogey. Gossett finished at four-over-par 146, three strokes behind Wie, eight strokes out of the playoff for the final qualifying spot and 15 shots behind medalist Brett Quigley. But trust me, he did not play anywhere near that well.

Gossett has continued to struggle on the pro golf tours in 2006, where he has played three events on the PGA Tour and four on the Nationwide Tour. He failed to make the cut in any of his PGA Tour events, although he did finish at 4-under-par at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

He's made two cuts so far in the Nationwide Tour, finishing 49th and 35th in those two tournaments. For Gossett, that's improvement. In 2005, he posted a score of 23-over in his one PGA Tour appearance. And in eight Nationwide Tour outings, he made just one cut and finished below 10-over-par just twice.

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