By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
After making the turn at Trump International in 1 over, Jeff Overton was just trying hang on -- and hang in.
Turns out, he did both on a windy Thursday morning in Puerto Rico. Overton played the front nine, his second of the day, in 5 under, on the way to a 68 that left him one stroke behind the early leader, Ben Curtis.
Overton showed a flair for the dramatic on his final hole, the par-4 ninth, where he holed a 7-iron from 146 yards for eagle.
"(The) wind was howling off the right, and I started 25 yards right of the hole, and I hit a draw and I thinned it just a little bit which kept the ball down, otherwise I think the ball would have over-hooked and went in the bunker," Overton reported. "I really was just hoping it was going to be somewhat close, and the thing came down and just one‑hopper in the hole.
"I didn't know it went in, because you couldn't see it. Once I find out it was in, it was pretty exciting."
Overton, who was born and still lives in Indiana, wasn't as excited by Wednesday's official parting of the ways between Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
"I understand both sides," Overton said. "It's one of those things, it's like Tiger Woods with the game of golf. I mean, people are like, holy cow, how does he make $100,000,000 a few years ago? Well, if you seen him every time you come out to the golf course, look at the crowds when he's not there, and look at the crowds when he's there, and last week, I don't think I've seen that many people out on a course like that.
"You can't put a price tag on greatness, and when you have perhaps the greatest quarterback of all time, and this injury could keep him from going down as that. It's hard to justify not paying him the money that you know he probably deserves, but at the same time, you know, you're trying to rebuild a program and you have no idea if the guy is going to be able to produce like he did.
"... We wish him the best and I just hope that the injury doesn't affect the rest of his career, because he's an awesome player and it ... would be great to see him go off and do well somewhere else."