Remember that? Jeff Overton’s over the top emotional response to dunking his second shot for eagle on the 8th hole at the Ryder Cup last year? And it was so exuberant, he sucked his partner, Bubba Watson, right into the vortex and the two of them went hootin’ and hollerin’ down the fairway.
Well, while he did have an eagle in Friday’s second round of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, it probably wasn’t as dramatic because it came on the driveable par-4, 15th. But what was dramatic was his 9-under, 62 on the day. He could probably see it coming because he birdied the first three holes and 5 and 8 to get to 5-under. In addition to his eagle on 15, he threw in birdies on 12 and 17.
Some might say, “Oh it’s just a short, resort course. It’s only 6,966 yards.” But that misses the point. You still have to hit the shots and make the putts even if it was only 5,900 yards.
So Overton shot himself up to the top of the leaderboard from T7. You would have thought that his first-round 67 would have bought him more than that, but it’s all good now.
Freddie Jacobsen finds himself tied with Overton after he shaved another stroke off his first-round 65. What made his 7-under, 64, so impressive is that he made bogey on the first hole. The greyhounds aren’t bothered by things like that: mistakes happen, luck counts, good and bad, keep trying to make birdies. And he did. He bounced right back on 2 and then made seven more.
Bo Van Pelt also shot 64 and is in third by himself.
There was another 7-under on the day and it was heartening to see that it was Vijay Singh’s. He came out flat on Thursday with a 72, so his 64 bumped him up the board from T41 (in a 48-man field) all the way to T13. Much better.
And adding a little symmetry to the top of the board, there were four guys at T4: the solid and stylish, Mark Wilson; the veteran, Stewart Cink, searching for his former glory days; fourth year player, Jimmy Walker, who keeps improving every year; and the affable, Jhonattan Vegas, who has done a good job at the end of the year trying to live up to his early-season promise. He hasn’t missed a cut since June 5th at the Memorial, going 11 for 11.
It’s 5 AM in Malaysia as I write this and hopefully everyone is still asleep. The Heat Index was an oppressive 106 degrees on Friday and they’ll need to summon all the energy they can as they roll into their Saturday.
They all know that it’s possible to go low. But they also know that everyone else can too. It should be a real barnburner to the finish. I’ll keep you posted.