There was plenty going on Saturday at Harbor Shores. Here's what we learned.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- Moving day at Harbor Shores in the third round of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship on Saturday saw loads of low scores, a couple of dogs, a burger joint, a brewery and a whole lot more.
We followed all of it. Here's what we learned.
Miguel Angel Jimenez's 65 on Saturday was great... but could have been even better
If it's possible to be a little bit bummed out about a 6-under 65 on moving day at a major championship, that might be how Miguel Angel Jimenez is feeling after the third round of the Senior PGA Championship.
Jimenez, who claimed his first major a week ago at the Regions Tradition, needed just 27 putts on Saturday, but was inches away from needing 23 or 24.
Jimenez struck the ball fantastically all day, evidenced by his 14/18 greens hit -- he scrambled for par on all four that he missed.
His putting was great and he came oh-so close to a couple more birdies and an eagle on the front:
Taking one for the team
The par-3 13th hole is one of the more difficult holes on the course. There are loads of bunkers up the right side, there's no place to miss long and there's not much room to miss on the left side.
Duffy Waldorf was 9 under for the tournament when he reached the hole. But, he yanked his tee shot left, hit a tree and then hit a spectator.
This is what he was looking at for his second shot:
A straightforward chip and Waldorf easily got up and down.
But he learned something as he was marking his ball after the chip. Waldorf's caddie informed him that his ball had hit a spectator after it hit the tree. The caddie had already apologized on Waldorf's behalf and gave the gentleman a golf ball.
When Waldorf finished the hole, he made it a point to apologize to the fan, which led to a fun exchange. Waldorf said, "so you took one for the team? Thanks! That ball would have ended up all the way down there."
An 'interesting' play on the 10th green
It's well-documented that the 10th green at Harbor Shores is a roller coaster ride. Hit your ball on the wrong tier and there's a good chance you could walk off the green with tears in your eyes.
Saturday's hole location was in the back, right portion of the green. With his second shot, Jimenez found himself on the lower tier at the par 5.
Rather than opt for the putter -- which designer Jack Nicklaus surely would have preferred -- Jimenez got creative. He decided to hit a bump and run into the large mound and scooted the ball up.
Check it out:
It came in a little hot, but he would two-putt from there for a par.
'Excuse me, cart coming through'
That's the phrase that has repeatedly been leaving the lips of five-time PGA Tour winner Scott Verplank this week at Harbor Shores.
While there are events on the PGA Tour Champions that allow players to use carts, not all of them do... unless there's a medical exception. That's the category Verplank falls into.
Verplank has type 1 diabetes and uses an insulin pump during play.
So, if you see Verplank riding in a cart this week or going forward, now you know why.
Burgers, beer and golf
Now here's something you don't see at every (any?) golf tournament.
On the walk between the 13th green and the 14th tee, spectators walk down a steep hill and across the street. Once you reach the street, there's a party to your left and your right.
On the left sits the North Shore Inn, a locally famous burger joint, that even put in a huge tent for spectators to enjoy some grub and take a break from the walking this week.
To the right sits the North Pier Brewing Co. They also have a great area set up for fans, equipped with a golf simulator.
Dogs are the best
We had two "dog encounters" at Harbor Shores on Saturday.
First, this guy, who -- it appears -- drove himself to the course to take in some weekend golf:
Then there was this good boy hanging out by the par-3 fourth hole:
Tell us seeing a good boy or girl after a bogey wouldn't put a smile on your face.