PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Jeff Overton ended up being first alternate at the PGA Championship. It was the first time since 2008 that he did not play in the final major of the year, and based on a series of tweets early Saturday morning, he wasn’t happy about it.
One tweet mentioned the PGA Championship had two sponsor’s invitations. “Who did you give your invites to? Not the guy that helped make you 50 million in Wales,” he tweeted.
He followed that with two more shots at the PGA of America.
• “@PGAChampionship I’m just saying. Ill play ur political picks whenever for wherever.”
• “So. In other words u help make a corporation 50 to 100 million dollars. 3 years later they put u on a chair n treat u like a piece of …”
But in lowering the boom, Overton didn’t seem to look at his own performance.
Not only has he never won on tour, he has plunged to No. 151 in the world. He is outside the top 100 in the FedEx Cup. He has one top-10 finish this year – a tie for seventh at the Texas Open – and has finished outside the top 25 in all the rest.
STRICKER HANGS IN THERE: Fifteen years after he first contended for a major, Steve Stricker has another chance in semi-retirement. This will require quite a bit more work.
Stricker has played sparingly this year, even skipping the British Open as he tries to spend more time with his wife and children. He’s still among the top players, and dangerous on the greens.
Stricker shared the lead at Sahalee in the 1998 PGA Championship and was runner-up.
NOT GIVING UP: Lee Westwood had 68 that put him at 3-under 207 for the tournament, and when he walked off the course, he thought he might be better off than he was. Oak Hill was tough Saturday in a swirling wind, and the leaders were dropping shots.
“I played with Jonas Blixt and he is 6-under,” Westwood said. “He could quite conceivably be leading at the end of the day. That would only be three off the lead. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the last round of a major.”
Turns out Jim Furyk finished strong for 68 to reach 9-under. Westwood was six shots behind.
And there’s still no reason to lose hope. Remember, Phil Mickelson was five shots behind Westwood going into the last round at the British Open and won by three.
“So anything is possible on the Sunday of a major,” he said.