By John Kim, Coordinating Producer
KOHLER, Wis. -- A day after Wen-chong Liang set a course record for low score with his brilliant 8-under 64, another record fell Sunday morning at Whistling Straits. This time, history was made by Jeff Overton.
PGA.com contributor Andy Landenberger, asked this week to get as close to the action as possible as one of our on-course Tweeters, took it one step further by serving as the official walking scorer for Overton. Actually, we should call it a running scorer.
Following Ian Poulter's withdrawal because of illness, Poulter's scheduled playing competitor Jeff Overton was forced to play alone. A rules official contacted Joe Stadler, Wisconsin PGA Executive Director, and asked if he knew of anyone that could walk with Overton and serve as his walking scorer. Landenberger, a PGA Professional and the Junior Tour Director for the Wisconsin PGA, was nominated, cheerfully accepted and away they went.
Little did Landenberger know he would be back at his assigned station on the range in a relative blink of an eye.
Oveton teed off at 8:02 a.m. CT. At 10:10 a.m., his final putt dropped. That's right, 2 hours, 8 minutes for 18 holes of golf in a major championship. According to tournament officials, Overton's speed round established a new pace-of-play record for the PGA Championship.
"I can confirm, there was some sprinting," said a laughing but genuinely tired Landenberger. "Quite a bit actually."
Landenberger knew it was going to be a quick round, but never thought he'd be part of a championship record. "He would tee off, then run. Whistling Straits is not really conducive to even walking fast, so that was quite a challenge. I remember saying to the standard bearer, 'Hey, I guess we need to keep up,' and we'd both take off. We're both young, in pretty good shape. But he'd still leave us in the dust.
"His poor caddie Tim was hoofing it as fast as he could, but Jeff was just raring to go. There were some holes where the few fans out there thought he was caddieing for himself because we were all so far back."
There were a few fans out on the course as Overton completed his round, but most of the gallery had yet to enter the gates as he ran up the 18th. On the green, Overton pulled his own pin, hit a 6 foot putt for par and put the flag back in. Andy knew there was something of note happening when he saw some PGA officials watching from up top.
The old record of 2 hours, 10 minutes in a PGA Championship was established by Phil Blackmar in 1991 at Crooked Stick Golf Club.
For the record, Overton score was 79.