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Posted on: Sunday, January 21, 2001

One bad hole stops Jacobsen


Advertiser Staff

Waikoloa’s Peter Jacobsen dropped from second to 49th yesterday. Not that you could tell by looking at his beaming face.

Nearly all the damage in his third-round 75 came on the second hole, where playing partner Brad Faxon said Jacobsen "really didn’t hit one bad shot."

He did, however, catch a tournament’s worth of bad luck, and a quadruple-bogey eight.

A slight draw on Jacobsen’s drive put his ball in the water. From a bad lie, he hit what Faxon thought was a good shot. It hit the wall behind the hole. Jacobsen was forced to hit his next shot left-handed.

"I thought he hit a beautiful chip shot," Faxon recalled. "It hit the edge of the cart path and bounced 30 yards sideways. Instead of being on the green, putting for bogey, his ball went right into the thick, gnarly junk."

Jacobsen hacked the ball out and ultimately took his eight. He played the next 16 holes in one over.

"Peter is a great guy," Faxon said, "because you really never know what he is shooting. When he’s playing great, he talks a lot. When he’s playing bad, he talks a lot. When he’s asleep, he talks a lot. He’s Peter. He’s a good pairing to have."

SHORT PUTTS: Waialae Country Club’s second hole played the most difficult of any hole yesterday. The 426-yard par-4 had an average score of 4.286. The par-5 ninth was the easiest yesterday (4.333) while the par-5 18th is the easiest overall (4.427). ... Ernie Els finished fifth here last year, and Tom Lehman tied for sixth. ... Former champions Jim Furyk (1996), John Huston (1998) and Jeff Sluman (1999) are within 10 shots of the lead after yesterday. John Cook (1992) is 14 shots back and Corey Pavin (1986 and ’87) 15 back. ... Rory Sabbatini, who was second last week in the Mercedes Championships, shot 66 to move 10 back. ... Furyk, who beat Sabbatini by one at Kapalua, shot his 10th consecutive round in the 60s.

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