It was halfway throughout the final round on Sunday of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, and the first page of the leader board marked a common name to long-time watchers of professional golf at En-Joie Golf Course.
By the last part of the day, on the other hand, Sunday gave a common result for Peter Jacobsen.
Jacobsen, three times a runner-up although never a winner at En-Joie when the PGA Tour’s B.C. Open was played there, completed a front-nine charge to get in a shot of the lead prior to finishing in a tie for sixth place at 10 under par, six shots behind winner John Huston.
The well known 57-year-old had only some doubts regarding his performance, however. Suffering from injuries over the previous six years to his hip, back and knee, Jacobsen had his first top-10 finish since a tie for fifth at the Toshiba Classic in March 2007.
Jacobsen said, “I’m very pleased. I’ve had 16 major operations in the last six years, I wasn’t sure I could still play. I’ve been working hard on my game. I’m very happy, I’m really, really happy. I had no expectations.”
“I had my bad shots Sunday like I’ve had every round, but I hung in there.”
Jacobsen started the final round five shots after 36-hole leader Mark Wiebe.
He birdied five of his first eight holes, the last on a 6-footer on the par-5 eighth hole after a pitching wedge approach. That birdie moved him to 11 under, one shot following Wiebe.
However, Jacobsen created only pars over the following four holes, counting a missed birdie putt from 8 feet on the par-5 12th hole that lipped out, and after that created a bogey on the par-4 15th hole after striking his tee shot right of the trees to draw back to 10 under and efficiently end his title hopes.
Jacobsen said, “I knew I was a shot back (after eight holes), but I knew I had to continue the hot play on the back nine. I knew I probably had to get to 16 under to win, but I couldn’t even get to 12 under. Maybe I was dreaming there.”