ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – We all know Alexander Hamilton as the face of the $10 bill, but James Alexander Hamilton III, the golfer, is not quite as recognizable. He goes by Alex, was born in Augusta, Ga. (so he has that going for him), and he’s making a name for himself after Monday Qualifying into the McGladrey Classic. Hamilton shot his third straight round in the 60s to climb to T-15 heading into the final round.
But if you think Hamilton – who survived a six-for-two playoff on Monday to earn a spot in his second PGA Tour field – is just happy to be here, think again. He was still hot after a double bogey on the final hole spoiled an otherwise flawless round.
“A banana slice,” he said, shaking his head. “My only bad tee ball of the day. To play 17 holes with no bogeys and no missed greens, how can you be upset about that?”
But he was. When he wasn’t glaring pitch forks, he stared a hole in the ground as he described himself as a ballstriker with a putter that often misbehaves. Hamilton is gearing up for his fifth trip to PGA Tour Qualifying School this fall. He made it to the final stage for the first time last year, but with conditional status, Hamilton has been limited to three starts on the Nationwide Tour and hasn’t made a cut.
Hamilton, who played at South Carolina, finds himself in a bit of a comfort zone at the Seaside course, where he competed in the Southeastern Conference championship. His results of late have been encouraging: T-3 in the eGolf Tour Championship and a couple of top 10s on the Hooters Tour. All told, he said he’s 50 under in his last three tournaments (his putter can’t be misbehaving too much).
He talked about what a top-10 finish would mean to him (a spot in the Frys.com tournament) but his goal for tomorrow was simple: win. Which was what his alma mater did in their showdown with Alabama in football. Alex Hamilton the golfer, not to be confused with one of our nation’s founding fathers, was last seen watching the game at the caddie hangout. It looked like he was even smiling.