Colonial notes: Missed long putt haunts Jacobson

05/25/2014 12:15 PM

11/12/2014 5:36 PM

Freddie Jacobson’s 51-foot putt from the rough on No. 18 stopped two feet short of the hole.

It was two feet short of a share of the 9-under lead at that time and, an hour later, would have punched Jacobson’s ticket into the playoff with Jason Dufner and eventual champion Adam Scott at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

“Everybody in the crowd helped me out, tried to get the ball to reach and it almost does, but it came up just an inch short,” Jacobson said, exaggerating on the official distance.

Jacobson’s second shot, a sand wedge from 149 yards, landed him over the back of the green, about a foot downhill from the putting surface.

He elected to go with his putter instead of chipping, as water served as a backstop to the far-left pin placement Sunday.

“I thought at least if I putted, I should get it to the hole and have a proper run at it, whereas if you chip from this grass it can be a little bit tricky,” Jacobson said.

The shot rolled true to the hole, directly on line, but came up just short, as did his hopes of earning a chance at a plaid jacket.

His tie for third place is his best finish at Colonial, with his previous best being 16th. It was his best finish this season in an official PGA Tour event.

So close

Colleyville resident Ryan Palmer’s final-round 67 moved him into a fifth-place tie at 273. It’s his fifth top-10 finish of the season and second career fifth at Colonial in 11 tries.

“I think this tournament has so much meaning to me and it means so much to me to try to win,” said Palmer, who finished two strokes behind the leaders. “I can’t explain what it would feel like if I did do that. That’s where the disappointment, if any, comes in. Not disappointment, just upset, I guess. I had a chance.”

Family matters

Rod Curl’s son made dad proud on Sunday.

Colonial rookie Jeff Curl didn’t win the tournament like dad in 1974, but Jeff was around for the weekend.

“He hung in there and played good, just a couple of little mistakes here and there and it’s the typical rookie mistakes,” said Rod, who played in 31 Colonials between 1973 and 2007. “But I’m proud of him. Yes, very proud.”

Jeff, a regular, shot a 2-over 72 Sunday to finish tied for 63rd at 273.

“It was an awesome experience. It was a good week,” Jeff said. “Having [dad] out here supporting me was awesome.”

Jeff Curl, 35, received a sponsor’s exemption into the field.

“Making the cut was really big,” Rod said. “That’s all I basically wanted him to do. If he made a big check, that’d be nice. I’m really proud he made the cut.”

Rod made $50,600 for winning in ’74; Jeff pocketed $13,440.

No second plaid

David Toms, who picked up his first plaid jacket as the 2011 Colonial champ, flirted with the lead as he made the turn Sunday, but eventually finished two shots back at 7-under 273.

“I was a little bit off off the tee, and never did get a real good yardage with my iron shots,” Toms said. “So I was kind of just making weird swings trying to get the right distance. And luckily I putted pretty well, so that kind of kept me in there.”

Despite bogeys on 10, 13 and 14, a 15-foot birdie on No. 15 had Toms within two shots of the lead. But he closed with three straight pars.

“It was not a hard day,” he said. “I just didn't have it today.”

Thank you, Metroplex

Brendon Todd added a fifth-place tie at Colonial to last week’s victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He was the only player with top-10 finishes at both stops.

Boo Weekley, last year’s Colonial champ, made the cut but finished last in the weekend field, at 8-over 288.

Staff writer Eric Zarate contributed to this report.

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