Dehydration pulls Jacobsen out of Senior Open
PHOTOS: U.S. Senior Open, second round
Check out images from Friday's second round of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) CC.
OMAHA, Neb. Tuesday, two days before the start of the U.S. Senior Open, Peter Jacobsen gave me a ride to the media parking lot. Lexus, baby.
The ride took about 10 minutes, and Jacobsen and I talked mostly about the hot weather and the steep hills of Omaha Country Club.
I expressed my concern for the overweight Colin Montgomerie. Jacobsen added that he could lose a few pounds, but he didn't seem concerned. He was excited about the opportunity to win another Senior Open title (he was the champion in 2004).
Three holes into Thursday's opening round, he knew he was in trouble. Even though he started at 7:31 a.m., the assault of heat and hills left him woozy and sick.
Paramedics monitored his condition. He was dehydrated. At the turn, they advised him to withdraw. He did.
Jacobsen, 59, was 3-over-par after nine holes. He hated to quit playing, especially because it was the senior version of the U.S. Open. "I bleed red, white and blue for these championships," he said.
Graham Marsh and Jerry Pate on Friday joined Jacobsen in the WD column, each with medical reasons.
Apart from his golf career, Jacobsen has a business in his hometown of Portland, Ore. – Peter Jacobsen Sports, which used to called Peter Jacobsen Productions. One of his clients is Lexus, and PJS has a contract with Lexus to run the courtesy car operation at six golf tournaments, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open.
"I'm not going to leave until next week," Jacobsen said, "because I am committed to be at any outing here on Monday."
Explained PJS chief operating officer Mike O'Connell, "If Peter makes a commitment, he sticks with it. He's a people pleaser."
However, Jacobsen was worried enough about his health that he decided to fly back to Portland on Friday and rest for several days.
"I think this is the first time in 15 years he has not done something he promised," said O'Connell. "But he's sick. This should not be taken lightly."
There are few golfers who have battled as many different medical gremlins as Jacobsen. He endured 17 surgeries in a 10-year period, including a hip replacement, a knee replacement and back surgery.
A seven-time winner on the PGA Tour, Jacobsen is known as a showman. His imitations of famous golfers have made him an extremely popular entertainment figure, and he frequently lends his help to various fundraising and charity efforts.
"I'll be backkk," said Jacobsen, invoking his personal conviction along with the swagger of muscleman Arnold Swarzenegger.