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Jason Gore playing his way into contention

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Jason Gore, who has not played the PGA Tour full time since 2009, is playing himself into contention for a 2012 tour card.

Gore is four-under par through seven holes of the final round on the Nicklaus Tournament Course to move from a tie for 63rd to a tie for 38th in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA West. Gore is two shots from moving into the top 25.

In 2005, Gore, 37, introduced himself to the golf world at large by holding a share of the lead through 36 holes of the U.S. Open, only to falter on Sunday and finish in a tie for 49th. Later that year he won three straight starts on the Nationwide Tour to earn a promotion to the PGA Tour, then won the 84 Lumber Classic in his fourth start as a member of the PGA Tour.

-- John Strege

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