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|Toms, seen here at last year's Ryder Cup, is a longtime veteran of team competitions.|
He entered the final round tied for second place, paired in the final group with Retief Goosen. For a guy with no PGA Tour status, this was huge. A high finish guaranteed a return trip to the U.S. Open and next year's Masters. It would have all but secured his PGA Tour card for next year. So many dreams died with that 84.
But Gore did not go away. He won three times on the Nationwide Tour to earn his PGA Tour status for next year. It's doing it the hard way, but he did it. And then he won the 84 Lumber Classic on Sunday, guaranteeing a spot on the tour through 2007.
Again, all those perks come into play.
Gore rose from 318th to 88th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He also jumped to 81st on the PGA Tour money list. If he can move into the top 50 in the world by the end of the year, he'll earn an invitation to The Masters and the U.S. Open. A top-40 finish on the money list would get him to Augusta National, too.
The dreams are alive again.
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Q. If David Toms is unable to play in the Presidents Cup, will he be replaced or will his singles match be a forfeit?
A. If Toms is unable to play, he would be replaced by the next player in the points standings, Zach Johnson. If he is not feeling well once the competition begins, captain Jack Nicklaus can simply refigure his pairings without Toms. For Sunday's singles, one international player would sit out, with each team being awarded a half point.
Q. Who are the Presidents Cup captains?
A. For the second straight Presidents Cup, Jack Nicklaus is the captain for the Americans, with Gary Player handling the duties for the International side. This is the sixth Presidents Cup, and Nicklaus' third captaincy. He also captained two U.S. Ryder Cup teams.
Q. Do appearance fees (which are allowed on the Euro and Asian Tours) have a clause where players who miss the cut receive a reduced fee?
A. It all depends on the deal made by the sponsor and player. In some instances, it is a fee simply for showing up, regardless of how the player performs. But there are likely some contracts that stipulate a smaller payment if the player misses the cut.
Bob Harig covers golf for the St. Petersburg Times and is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.