CARMEL, Ind. – Tim Jackson deserves high praise for his performance in Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Senior Open.
The 36-hole leader at 11-under-par, Jackson admitted he was “a bundle of nerves” and said he “had some real mental struggles out there.”
Regardless, Jackson toughed it out and finished with a 1-over-par 73.
“I think he handled this incredibly well,” said Joey Sindelar, who was paired with Jackson in the third round.
After birdies on 5 and 7, Jackson was 2-under-par. For the final 11 holes, however, he missed five greens and didn’t have another birdie.
After 25 and 27 putts in the first two rounds, respectively, Jackson totaled 30 putts in the third round.
“I was fighting this right shot off the tee,” he said, “and then I tried to fix it and started hitting it left. It got in my head, and I lost a little confidence.”
Still, he saved par with delicate chip shots on three of the final five holes.
“I’m still in it,” he said. “I could still make some noise.”