Jeff Overton`s record final round at PGA
Sheboygan: Jeff Overton pumped his fist Sunday and broke into a wide smile when he finished the PGA Championship.
He is virtually a lock to make his first Ryder Cup team. But that wasn`t the cause of his mock celebration.
Playing alone in the first group off when ailing Ian Poulter withdrew, Overton walked 18 holes at Whistling Straits in 2 hours, 9 minutes, to break the PGA Championship record for quickest round.
"Awesome! My first record at a major," Overton said.
It beat the previous mark — by one minute — set by Phil Blackmaar at Crooked Stick in 1991.
The record is not official, of course. But the information came from Kerry Haigh, the championship director for the PGA of America, so somebody is keeping track of this stuff — even if Overton wasn`t.
And it`s not as if he didn`t care, at least at the start of his round.
He was aware Poulter was suffering from a chest infection and that he would be playing by himself. Overton opened with a bogey, took double bogey on the fourth and figured there wasn`t much left for him to do but finish.
"I gave it my best, especially early," he said. "I got some bad breaks, and the next thing I know I said, `Let`s go ahead and get this round over with.`"
He finished the front nine in one hour, and made a clutch 7-foot putt for par on the last hole to shoot 79.
In relatively mild conditions Sunday morning, caddie Eric Larson was sweating. Larson has experience with fast play, having worked with Mark Calcavecchia several times.