“It’s been all popsicles and lollipops so far.”
Tim Jackson, on leading the U.S. Senior Open
A 59-YEAR-OLD NEARLY WINS the British Open. And now this: a 50-year-old amateur leads the 2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick after 36 holes. An amateur. Something strange is happening in golf, and I don’t think I can blame it on global warming.
Tim Jackson is a real estate developer from Tennessee and an amateur golfer. On Thursday and Friday, Jackson toured Crooked Stick in 133 strokes—or 11-under par—for a one-shot lead over Joey Sindelar.
That’s surprising, even to Jackson. “Realistically, I was shooting to make the cut,” he said.
Besides Jackson and Sindelar, Fred Funk, Greg Norman and Dan Forsman are in the hunt.
“Tomorrow I know I’m going to be nervous,” Jackson said. “I know there will be rough patches.
“It’s been all popsicles and lollipops so far,” he added. “But I expect there to be some tough spots. Hopefully we can keep a level head and work through them.”
I might get out to Crooked Stick on Saturday for a short while. My cousin has complimentary passes. And then it’s I-74 to Cincinnati as we begin the trip home.
−The Armchair Golfer