Called into the field for an Open Championship debut as one of the leading non-exempt players on the world rankings on June 30.
The highlight of his year so far was a tie for fifth at March’s Players Championship, where a closing 67 left him only three strokes behind winner Justin Thomas.
Yet to win on the PGA Tour, the closest he has come was joint third at the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open alongside current Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and behind two more major winners in Justin Rose and Adam Scott.
The former Oklahoma amateur stroke play champion’s father Ron spent five seasons in the minor league system of the Texas Rangers baseball team and he was caddying when Gooch, aged nine at the time, won the US Kids world junior title.
Gooch had his first professional victory in 2017 on the Korn Ferry Tour and on stepping up to the main circuit he has qualified for the season-ending FedEx Cup play-off series for the last two years.
He made the halfway cut on his major debut at the 2017 U.S. Open and tied for 44th at May’s PGA Championship.