Beck Blog: Sticking to strategy pays off with 70
Chip Beck continues his blog by recapping his third round at the Senior PGA Championship. He was 2 under for the day, overcoming a bogey on the first hole with birdies on the second hole and the tough par-3 17th.
By Chip Beck, Special to PGA.com
Editor's Note: Chip Beck continues his blog by recapping his third round at the Senior PGA Championship. He was 2 under for the day, overcoming a bogey on the first hole with birdies on the second hole and the tough par-3 17th. Beck moved up the leaderboard on Saturday and hopes to finish well in his first major championship on the Champions Tour.
I had a really good round today, probably one of my better rounds. I stuck to my strategy, which was to hit to the fatter part of the greens in the places where you can actually play from. The wind wasn't as tough today so we saw a little bit better scores. Tom Kite shot 5-under, which was just a tremendous score. Craig Stadler had a good round, too. Guys could shoot lower because it wasn't as windy as the first two rounds. Yet they did have some really tough flag positions out there today.
I had a very fortunate birdie on No. 17. There's no question I got fortunate since my ball didn't get affected by the wind. Anything to the right on that hole is in the water so I just played it a little bit to the flag and tried to keep it to the left as much as possible. It's a challenging golf course if you are playing well but it rewards you if you drive the ball nicely. If you don't, that's what makes it so challenging.
Bottom line is, it's coming down to be a great tournament. We are going to have a lot of fun tomorrow. It's going to be a horserace. Those guys who are leading right now are playing pretty flawlessly. It depends on the set-up tomorrow and also depends a lot on the weather. I think you'll have some guys coming from behind on Sunday so it's going to be a good one.
There are some big names at the top of the leaderboard. It's tough competition but that's what's really great about the course. We predicted from the start that it would take patience and a real major champion to come through. In my opinion, it's not surprising to have the names at the top that have really played well throughout their careers.
As for myself, like I've said earlier, I had great memories from the past here and we are making more memories this week. My family is here -- my oldest son Charles, my wife and we're only missing a couple of children. They're itching to go down to the beach -- it's a nice area to come for a vacation.