By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- A visit last week from his old physio from Sweden seemed to pay immediate dividends for Fredrik Jacobson, who tied for 15th at the U.S. Open.
The Swede, who battled a sore back early in the season, is hoping to carry that momentum to this week’s Travelers Championship, where he’s the defending champion.
With TPC River Highlands considerably easier than The Olympic Club, you’d think that wouldn’t be much of a problem. Maybe. Maybe not.
”You give a lot during a major and put a lot into it,” Jacobson said Wednesday. “It just takes a little more out of you. You kind of decompress a little bit afterwards for a day or two and that kind of builds into the next week, which feels normally a little bit more relaxed.”
Jacobson was one of the few players to describe The Olympic Club as “fun” -- a term that certainly suits this course with an abundance of birdies and drivable par-4 15th.
”I thought [Olympic Club] suited me pretty good because I have a tough time sometimes to repeat the same swing 10 times in a row anyway,” Jacobson said. “You have to see the shots and you have to hit shots that you normally don't hit. So I actually enjoyed that and thought it was maybe a little bit of an advantage for me because I do like to hit some different shots.”
Last year, Jacobson didn’t need a lot of shots at TPC River Highlands. He made 21 birdies and just one bogey all week, which included a third-round 63.
“I've got a lot of good memories from last year,” said Jacobson, who joined a long list of past champions who got their first PGA TOUR victory here. “It's always going to be a special place every time I come here.”