Joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1996 after spending nine years at The Aiken Standard. Served as copy editor, South Carolina bureau chief and Metro Editor before being named Sports Editor in April 2000.
Posted June 17, 2012 03:25 pm - Updated June 17, 2012 03:27 pm

U.S. Open: Blake Adams primer

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's the final day of the U.S. Open at Olympic Club, and you can expect a wild afternoon. Thirteen players are within four shots of the lead, and that doesn't include Tiger Woods who is five behind.

Blake Adams, who lives on the outskirts of Swainsboro, Ga., would seem to be the Jack Fleck on the leaderboard. For those who don't know, Fleck was a little-known Iowa pro who beat Ben Hogan in a playoff in the 1955 Open at Olympic.

Adams is making his major championship debut, and he's paired with Ernie Els this afternoon at 5:50 EST.  Here's what you need to know about Adams:

He's 36 and has been on the PGA Tour for three years.

He played at Georgia before transferring to Georgia Southern to complete his college career.

He wears black on Sundays to honor his late father, Mike, who died on Easter Sunday in 2004.

Adams is a very quiet and unassuming player. He might have had the most impressive round Saturday because he overcame a horrendous start -- four over after three holes -- to shoot even par. That's right, he played the last 15 holes in 4-under.

Adams' dream is to play in the Masters, and if he can finish in the top eight today he will achieve that.