Gore finally crashes through

For the record, Jason Gore was the first to pin himself with the Crash Davis reference.

Davis, you'll recall, is the cinematic "Bull Durham" ballplayer who fictionally held the minor-league record for home runs. Gore, meanwhile, now stands as the Nationwide Tour's all-time victories leader after winning last weekend's stop in Miami.

"It's kind of a dubious honor," Gore said Wednesday as he prepared for this week's stop in Jacksonville.

"I guess anytime you can win the most anywhere, it's not a terrible thing. I could be the guy that's played the most events and never won out here."

The victory at the Miccosukee Championship was Gore's seventh on the developmental circuit but his first since that magical 2005 in which he played his way into the U.S. Open's final Sunday pairing, won three Nationwide starts in a row and then won the PGA Tour's 84 Lumber Classic.

This year, though, Gore had just one top-25 finish and stood 124th on the Nationwide money list before heading to South Florida.

"(Winning) never gets old," he said. "I miss that feeling. It's been too long."

Ochoa gets honor: Lorena Ochoa, whose LPGA retirement at age 28 was one of the year's surprises, was named this year's Bob Jones Award winner by the U.S. Golf Association.

The USGA's highest honor is given for distinguished sportsmanship. The Lorena Ochoa Foundation has benefitted hundreds of underprivileged children in her native Mexico, including the construction and operation of two schools.

"I play golf for a reason and the foundation is the main reason," said Ochoa, who retired in April.

Tap-ins: David Duval's tie for sixth last week locked up his PGA Tour card for 2011, after the one-time British Open champ had to return to Q-school last fall. Currently 99th on the money list, it's the first time since 2002 that he'll finish among the top 125 in earnings. … Peter Tomasulo, 15th in Nationwide Tour earnings, will have to sweat out the final two events from afar after breaking his foot during a pickup basketball game. The top 25 get PGA Tour cards for next year. … Bubba Watson's father, a former Green Beret, died last week of throat cancer. Gerry Watson was 64.

— Jeff Shain

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