RSM Classic: Talor Gooch, leads by 3, seeks to prove he can close the deal on Sunday

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Talor Gooch is 18 holes away from achieving a lifetime dream of winning on the PGA Tour. He fired a 3-under 67 on Saturday to build a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club. The question remains: Will he be able to handle the pressure?

To hear Gooch tell it, he thrives in moments like this. On Sunday, if he gets in a tough spot, he’ll flash back to the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School in 2016. Playing at TPC Craig Ranch, his third trip to the grueling multi-stage process to earn playing privileges, Gooch, whose bank account had just about been depleted, entered the third round on the number.

“I was 3 over through four walking off the par 3 and I thought to myself, I don’t know why this came up, but Best Buy, ‘I’m going to have to go work at Best Buy, I’m going to have to go do something to make a few bucks unless you like get it together,’” Gooch recalled. “Yeah, I think just as a sportsman, if you don’t have that little bit of grit to go prove people wrong, you’re not going to make it.”


Photos: RSM Classic 2021 at Sea Island Golf Club

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Gooch showed plenty of grit on Saturday. It was a chilly, windy day that was better suited for sipping a cup of hot cocoa, or something stronger, and curling up with a book around a log fire. When Tom Hoge, who shot 3-under 67 on Saturday, was asked what he was most satisfied with from his day, he answered, “That we finished and we’re in a warm building here.”

Gooch rolled in two birdies on the front nine and led by as many as three strokes, but Sebastian Munoz tied him for the lead with birdies at Nos. 7 and 9 and a bogey at 10 by Gooch. A three-putt from 19 feet at the par-3 12th slowed Munoz’s momentum – his second bogey in a row – but he birdied 15 to finish at 13 under and is tied for second

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By: Adam Schupak
Title: RSM Classic: Talor Gooch, leads by 3, seeks to prove he can close the deal on Sunday
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Published Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 23:34:12 +0000

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