A great shot, a missed eagle putt and a sweet ride for an Open rookie

A great shot, a missed eagle putt and a sweet ride for an Open rookie

Jon Turcott is a 27-year-old journeyman from Middleton, Wis., who played the Nationwide Tour the last two years but this year is between tours. He lives in New York now when he’s not chasing a golf tour. He shot 77-73, on the bubble for making the cut.

Turcott finished with a flourish, sort of. “I hammered a drive down the middle on 18,” he said. It left him 232 yards over the pond on the par-5 hole, 252 yards to the pin. Then he smacked a 3-wood to four feet, a remarkable shot. The putt was a downhill slider, though, and he missed the eagle putt and settled for birdie. A disappointing miss, but the birdie might still get him to the weekend.

“I got this new 3-wood this week, it’s pretty good,” he said with a smile. “It really lands soft and without a lot of spin. It was a perfect shot.”

He enjoyed the Open experience, his first, and would like to play on the weekend. “It would be nice to make a check,” he admitted.
He has made six of 13 Nationwide cuts this year and ranks 88th on the money list with just over $27,000 in winnings. He hasn’t been playing like he can, he said.

He was nervous, he said, but either way it was good experience. After all, he got his first Lexus courtesy car. “Awesome,” he said. Asked what its top speed is, he laughed and answered, “Forty-five.”

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