Saturday, July 08, 2006
US Senior Open Round 3
Tom Watson starts Saturday's round 3 atop the leader board after a remarkable 66 on Friday.
Dad and I saw Watson make a great 4 on #6. After driving his ball onto the lip of the left trap, with all sorts of tall rough around the ball, Watson made a good recovery shot into the fairway and then staked a 135 iron to two feet from the pin for his par.
The shot of the day went to Tom Purtzer. We saw him boom a 365 yard drive on the par 5 #7. He probably hit it so hard because he was still mad about 3 putting the previous green. Unfortunately, Purtzer missed the cut.
The funniest story on Friday took place on the 140 yard par 3 15th. John Jacobs, who birdied the previous hole and was hoovering around the cut line, hit his tee shot right at the pin. But the ball hit the false front and rolled away from the pin and off the green. After Jacobs let out a few choice four letter words, Gary McCord--a golf analyst for CBS and occasional Champions tour player--asked Jacobs, "Hey, you wanna be a member?"
Personally, I'd love to be a member of Prairie Dunes. It's an awesome course, even if it is tough and sometimes unforgiving.
Shown in the picture above is hole #8. Sports Illustrated and other publications have ranked this one of the best holes in all of golf.