War Eagle folks.
I am taking Jays usual slot because he is heading to Hawaii. Tough gig huh. Have a great time Jay.
It was a woulda, coulda, shoulda week for the Duf in the Masters. He was cruising around at 4 under par for the tournament, and in the hunt, when a cruel bounce on #11 after a great shot on Saturday caused him to rinse a ball in the water hazard and led to a double bogey. Jason never seemed to recover from that and played pretty flat for the rest of Saturday and Sunday.
Anyone who has played top tier golf like Capn Vegetto and myself understands that the bounces can be cruel and the difference between winning and being an also ran is a razor thin margin, a good or bad bounce here or there or a putt that catches the lip and goes in instead of horseshoeing out. For me that is the allure of golf, all I ever need is one more chance to make something happen. I have done it before and can do it again but sometimes it never seems to be.
Jason actually opened his final round with a horrendous double bogey on the first hole but reeled off 11 straight pars after that. Now came some of the shoulda. He birdied the tough par 3 12th hole and the tough par 4 14th hole but made only pars on the 13th and 15th which are definitely birdeyable par 5 holes and both give a good chance for eagle. He finished the tournament with a final round 73, tied for 20th place. Not too shabby but it surely could have been better.
Jason is a true fan of the legendary Ben Hogan and patterns his mental side of the game after him, thus his demeanor. A famous story was told about Hogan that when his playing partner made a hole in one on a par 3, and Hogan made birdie, he asked his fellow competitor on the next tee what did he have on the last hole. That is how focused he was on his own game and that is how focused Jason is on his game.
There have been 3 AU graduates to compete on the PGA Tour, Buddy Gardner, Roland Thatcher, and John Huston. Huston had the most success, winning 7 times and finishing as high as 10th on the money list. Jason will surpass that with ease.
Having former AU atheletes in their respective professional ranks brings a great sense of pride to me. Cam in the NFL and Jason on the PGA Tour.
Instead of a pic of Jason that you have all seen before I chose to use a pic of his golf bag. His AU putter shows his AU pride and I am proud of Jason. He is a true Auburn Man.
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