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Unhappy ending

PGA Club Professional Rob Labritz was thrilled to make the cut early Saturday, but not so happy to finish his third round with a poor hole that left him contemplating how to adjust for Sunday’s final round.

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PGA Professional Rob Labritz is already guaranteed of his best-ever finish at the PGA Championship. (Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

By Bob Denney, PGA of America

KOHLER, Wis. -- Rob Labritz said that Whistling Straits was ripe for a scoring assault Saturday afternoon in the third round of the 92nd PGA Championship.
 
He just wished that he could have followed the parade.
 
A final-hole quadruple bogey-8 spoiled an otherwise standout effort by Labritz, the 39-year-old PGA director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y., the lone PGA club professional out of a 20-member contingent to make the 36-hole cut in the Championship.
 
Some six hours after he had secured his spot in the weekend at Whistling Straits with a 1-under-par 71, Labritz posted a 2-over-par 74, a disappointing effort after going out in 3-under-par 33 on his opening nine holes. That left him at 2-over-par 218 after 54 holes, and contemplating how to adjust for Sunday's closing round in the Season's Final Major.
 
"I will have to take some time to compose myself and then assess what went wrong," said Labritz. "It was pretty rough to end that way. It was mentally a long day for me and I'm sure for a lot of people.
 
"Today was a day when the course could be attacked. There was no wind, and you could fire at the flags,” he explained. “A round of 2 under par seemed like even par. Tomorrow, I plan to go low and will do all I can to make up for today."
 
Beginning play on the back side, Labritz birdied 10, 12 and 16, before his momentum crashed to a halt with a bogey at the par-4 first hole. His approach found a bunker that had what he termed "a poor rake job."
 
He sent his next shot across the green and finished with a bogey. He later bogeyed the fourth hole after finding his drive in a left-hand bunker. He later rallied with a birdie at 8 before things unraveled on the 446-yard downhill ninth, his final hole of the day.
 
"I have to take time and assess just how I did what I did on that hole," said Labritz. "I hit it right into the side of a bunker, had a freakish stance and put the next shot under the lip of the bunker. When I was able to get it out, it went across the green."
 
Labritz finished by two-putting for his 8, then raised his arms in mock jubilation.
 
This is Labritz's third career PGA Championship appearance and the first time that he has made the cut. He previously competed in 2002 and 2003.