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April 20 2012

1:50 AM

Albers: TPC San Antonio tough for most

By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent The Grip: Fredrick Jacobson was 6th on TOUR in Strokes Gained - Putting in 2011 but made a major change last month. He switched to a modified claw grip. Jacobson debuted the stroke at the Masters and liked the results. The new grip was tested on the 18th green at the Valero Texas Open where he rolled home a birdie to shoot a 4-under 68. It's not the first time Jacobson has changed his grip. He went from reverse overlap, to index finger down the shaft, to the present modified claw. Jacobsen is a great putter but not afraid to tinker with his stroke and grip. Course Record: How do you shoot a course-record 63? For Matt Every it meant hitting 12 of 14 fairways, 13 greens and taking just 23 putts. It also took a little luck. Every's approach into the first hole was headed left into the deep woods, instead it hit a stone wall and ricocheted onto the fringe. From there Every made par. He got a huge break hitting the rocks, but to his credit, Every took advantage of the good break and made par. Diet and Exercise: Jason Gore is 40 pounds lighter. Through a combination of diet and exercise he has become much more fit and he didn't do it for his golf game. Gore's father died of a heart attack at the age of 54 and Jason was determined to spend a long life enjoying his family. As a happy coincidence, Gore's game has also improved. He shot 4-under 68 on Thursday and left the course with a huge smile on his face. Setup: The normal setup of a PGA TOUR course will have several holes placed within 4 yards of the green's edge. It's not unusual to see a hole cut 3 paces from the edge. Not on Thursday, not at TPC San Antonio. TOUR officials did not have a single cup placed less than 5 paces from the fringe. The green complexes at TPC San Antonio are so difficult , there is no need to further challenge players with holes cut on the edge. Par 5's: Cameron Beckman found a way to attack the course. He played the par 4's and par 3's in even par and then birdied every one of the par 5's to shoot 68. That sounds so simple and is so difficult. The par 5's at TPC San Antonio rank among the more difficult on TOUR and Beckman did not hit a single one of them in two. He layed up and wedged to birdie on each of the par 5's explaining it was better to lay well back and hit full shots so he could control the spin. The fact Beckman lives within walking distance of TPC San Antonio and plays the course dozens of times each year might give him a little local knowledge. Decision Time: Danielle Every had a decision to make. Her husband had just shot 4 under on his first nine holes and was leading the tournament. The gameplan was for her to walk nine holes and go back to the hotel. Danielle is seven months pregnant but how could she leave her husband when Matt was in the process of shooting a course record? She did not leave. Danielle walked all 18 holes of Matt's history-making round and feels just fine. This is her last tournament of the year. Danielle and the baby will watch Daddy play golf on TV the rest of the year. Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.
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