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Golf:  Gossett Lights Up John Deere Classic - 2001-07-28


In only his 21st PGA tour start, and twelfth as a professional, former U.S. amateur champion David Gossett has lit up the course and the opposition at the John Deere Classic.

At times, professional sports reporters can make the games they cover appear too complex. They are, after all, games, and projecting such serious emotional states as fear, elation, worry or stress on the participants may be a stretch.

After playing the first 36 holes of the John Deere Classic at 11 under par, David Gosset, 22, stands poised on the brink of his first-ever professional victory, which might be a daunting prospect to many golfers. But if there's pressure involved, the young Tennesseen is happily unaware of it

"This is what I play for; I've got an absolute passion for this game," he said. "I love it. I'm 22, got my friend on my bag. I'm having a good time. I really like how my game is progressing, and I'm just going out and enjoy it."

So far, Gossett's happy go lucky, "let's go dancing" approach to golf has left him one shot ahead of New Mexican veteran Kent Jones, and two in front of Las Vegas-based Englishman Edward Fryett.

And, if he were any more relaxed, Gosset might sleep through the final two rounds of the John Deere Classic. So far, it seems like a dream anyway.

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