Norman suffers through another Sunday fall
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) What happened to Greg Norman this time?
In another Sunday fall, he started the day at 12 under - one stroke behind leader Fred Funk - but ended up with a 1-over 73 and tied with Loren Roberts for fourth place.
"Nothing was going my way," Norman said. "I was out of energy and the momentum - not physically out of energy - but the momentum wasn't on my side and things weren't happening for me. No matter what I did, (it) always seemed like it was the wrong thing instead of the right thing, and I just couldn't turn the corner on it."
His demise started on the par-3 sixth, where he hit into the water to the right of the green and made a double bogey. He followed that with a bogey on the next hole after he hit into a bunker guarding the front of the green.
Norman was in the bunkers a lot on the front nine. On the par-5 fifth, his drive landed in a bunker off the right side of the fairway. His second shot caught sand on the left side, and his approach fell into the grass of a bunker in front of the green. But he saved par with a one-putt.
Still, he said his round "just wasn't good."
During an interview session, he was asked to briefly review his round.
"I don't really want to review my round, no," he said.
HARD CHARGER: Senior British Open winner Loren Roberts mounted a strong charge Sunday by tying the Crooked Stick record of 8-under 64, set a day earlier by Russ Cochran.
Roberts started the day tied for 15th but shot up the leaderboard quickly after a birdie on the first hole and an eagle on the par-4 second. He rose as high as third at 12 under before tying for fourth with Greg Norman at 11 under.
Roberts had a 10-stroke swing from Saturday, when he shot a 74.
He said his strong day started on the practice range.
"I just felt good this morning," he said. "I got in a good rhythm on the range, and obviously I got off to a great start.
"I was lucky I didn't get in the way of myself today and just kept going."
But no one was a match for winner Fred Funk, who continued to pile onto his lead throughout his round.
"So I was pretty much trying for second or third, to be honest with you," he told reporters.
NO REGRETS: Low amateur Tim Jackson was the feel-good story of the week, although it didn't have a magical ending.
Jackson, a real estate developer of Germantown, Tenn., set a U.S. Senior Open tournament record for amateurs Thursday with a 66, which also was a Crooked Stick course record that he shared with three others that day. On Saturday, Russ Cochran broke the course record with a 64, and Loren Roberts matched it Sunday.
Jackson was the leader after Friday's round at 11 under, and his two-day total of 133 matched the tournament's lowest 36-hole score, set by Dave Stockton and Simon Hobday in the 1990s.
But Jackson dropped to fourth place on Saturday with a 1-over 73 and followed it with a final-round 76, good for an 11th-place tie at 6 under.
Jackson, who felt nervous during Saturday's round as the leader, said he got a good night's rest that night and "was ready to go" Sunday morning. But he said pressed himself too hard, trying to force some shots and missing a couple of short putts.
"I think it just got to me," he said. "It was just kind of a hanging-on, surviving-type day. But it was still fun."
ALWAYS WITH HIM: Tom Watson finished 2 over for the tournament, tied for 43rd place. But that's not what will follow him forever.
During the week, he frequently was asked to reflect on the British Open, which he nearly won three weeks ago except for a badly missed putt on the final hole, leading to a playoff loss to Stewart Cink. He was asked about it again after his round on Sunday.
"It's a bittersweet memory," he said. "It will always be with me."