David Frost needed just 24 putts in his bogey-free 65 Saturday at Colorado Golf Club. (Getty Images)
Frost red hot while shooting course-record 65
Just as he did in the 2005 Open Championship, South Africa's David Frost followed a second-round 77 with a course-record 65 at the 71st Senior PGA Championship.
By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer
PARKER, Colo. - It was déjà vu all over again for South Africa's David Frost on Saturday.
Frost set a new course record under perfect conditions at Colorado Golf Club, firing an amazing bogey-free, 7-under 65 in the third round of the 71st Senior PGA Championship. Saturday's 65, believe it or not, came one day after Frost limped in with a 5-over 77.
At 2 under for the tournament, Frost has assured himself a puncher's chance in the final round.
"These things happen in majors where somebody comes out of the pack early in the day and gets in contention," said Frost, whose best finish on the Champions Tour this season was a tie for seventh in Mississippi at the beginning of May. "More than likely guys don't shoot two low rounds on the weekend after making a big comeback on Saturday, but who knows? You just go out there and play like you have nothing to lose, just play my game. As I say, I haven't played as well as I would like to, so maybe I turned the corner, maybe I found something today that I might look for next week."
Coincidentally, five years ago Frost shot a 5-over 77 in the first round of the 2005 Open Championship at St. Andrews, only to bounce back the next day with a then course-record, 7-under 65.
"I would say this round ranks right up there with the 65 at St. Andrews," Frost said. "I was way back in the pack. I ended up finishing 15th in the tournament, beat Tiger three out of four rounds, but my 77, that was a flat tire out there."
Frost's 65 here in Colorado was as easy a low round as you'll ever see. There weren't any notable long putts, which indicates his approach shots were spot on. While Frost didn't make lengthy putts, he did make just about everything he looked at, using just 24 putts on moving day, including 12 one putts.
The longest of his birdie putts was a 20-footer he made on No. 5. The other six were all inside of 10 feet.
"Putting has never been something that I worry about, fortunately," Frost said. "I try to be as free as possible over the putter and it's something that's always helped me over the years is my putting. If I have a good putting round, I can shoot a low score and if I have a bad ball striking round, I can save my round by getting it up-and-down when I need to. So the putting has never really bothered me. What's bothered me lately is my hitting."
That "hitting" saw a dramatic improvement from Friday to Saturday. On the surface, it might seem as though the improvement came out of the blue, but it was actually a result of something Frost saw and emulated on the practice range after Friday's round.
"After I shot my 77, I walked into the practice tee and Tom Watson was hitting balls there," Frost said. "I just took 20 minutes and watched him warm-up and I picked up a little grip change that I thought I should try and that helped today. So, unbeknownst to him, I did learn something from him."
What Frost picked up was that Watson's left hand wrapped around the club a little tighter, producing a stronger grip.
"I think my left hand has just been too weak on the club," Frost said. "I noticed his left hand is nice and strong on the golf club. I feel there's been something missing and I fiddled with my left hand and fiddled with my right hand and I made it a little stronger."
Frost might think about taking that right hand to the range to give Watson a firm handshake.