By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Jason Gore fired a 7-under 65 Monday at the Industry Hills Golf Club to win medalist honors and qualify for this week’s Northern Trust Open on the PGA TOUR at Riviera Country Club, which is just 31 miles from his home in Valencia, Calif. Gore played his college golf at Pepperdine.
Another Pepperdine graduate, 33-year-old Jason Allred carded a 66 to also qualify in what will be his first event on the PGA TOUR since the 2010 U.S. Open, where he tied for 47th. Bubba Dickerson and Aaron Goldberg came back on Tuesday morning and secured spots in a four-man playoff of golfers that shot 4 under in the qualifier.
Dickerson sunk an 18-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole. Goldberg birdied from 10 feet on the second hole to eliminate Lee Janzen and Michael Letzig.
The 39-year-old Gore has teed it up a number of times at Riviera, with his best PGA TOUR finish there coming in 2008 when he tied for fourteenth.
Gore captured his only PGA TOUR victory in the 2005 84 Lumber Classic. He also owns seven career titles on the Web.com Tour between 2000-2010.
In his only PGA TOUR start this season, Gore tied for 26th at the Frys.com Open last October.
Allred made five cuts on the Web.com Tour in 2013, including finishing sixth at the Albertsons Boise Open, where he also gained entry as a Monday qualifier.
Dickerson hasn’t played a PGA TOUR event since the 2011 U.S. Open, where he missed the cut. The 32-year-old Jacksonville native played only four events in 2013 on the Web.com Tour, where he won a title in 2009 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
Goldberg, 28, was born in La Jolla, Calif. and played collegiately at San Diego State. Last year, he made seven cuts in 19 starts on the Web.com Tour including a tied for ninth finish at the Panama Claro Championship. Goldberg will be making his first PGA TOUR start since the 2010 Frys.com Open.