SAN FRANCISCO — Blake Adams is still in position to achieve one of his bucket list items.
But to earn a trip to next year’s Masters Tournament, he’ll need to play another solid round in today’s final round of the U.S. Open.
Adams shot even-par 70 on Saturday and is tied for fourth at The Olympic Club. He has played three rounds in 2-over par, and trails Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk by just three shots.
The Masters traditionally invites the top eight and ties from the U.S. Open. For Adams, who played at Georgia and Georgia Southern and now lives on the outskirts of Swainsboro, Ga., it would be a dream come true.
“The Masters is my World Series, growing up an hour from there, but I can’t think about that,” he said. “If I do, I’ll have 18 holes like I (did) the first three if I do that. So for me, I’ll just plug along and like I did all day and just see where I stack up.”
The start of Adams’ third round Saturday was more like a nightmare. Tied for eighth and just three shots out of the lead, he played the first three holes in bogey, double bogey, bogey fashion.
Just like that, he plummeted down the leaderboard.
“I didn’t feel like I hit terrible shots, just hit them in the wrong spots and out here that’s where you get penalized,” Adams said. “But I hung in there and I told my caddie walking off the third green that everybody’s going to make bogeys, and we’re just having to make ours on the first three holes.”
Adams didn’t make a single bogey from that point on. He made birdies on Nos. 7 and 14, and then finished strong after bogeying two of his final three holes Friday.
He birdied the par-5 17th after nearly hitting his second shot too long, and on the 18th his drive hit the fairway but wound up in a divot. He hit his approach to inside 5 feet and made that, too.
“So it was pretty good finish,” he said.
Adams has always said that he is blessed to play a game for a living, and he carries his laid-back approach to the golf course. He inherited that attitude from his late father Mike, who passed away on Easter Sunday in 2004.
“One of the main things that my daddy just beat into me was I don’t ever want it know if you’re 8-over or 8-under,” Adams said. “Just plug along and act like a gentleman, act like you’ve been there. So I try to do that.”
As he always does on Sunday, Adams will wear black today to honor his father. A victory on Father’s Day would be very special for the Adams family.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m in Memphis and it’s 110 or if I’m here and it’s nice perfect weather,” Adams said. “So I always wear all black and have I since 2004, and I’ll do it again (today).”