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PGA TOUR: Overton in Overdrive Leading The Greenbrier Classic

Andy Reistetter@GolfWriter59Analyst IAugust 1, 2010

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV - JULY 31:  Jeff Overton waves to the gallery after a birdie on the 17th hole during the third round of the Greenbrier Classic on The Old White Course at the Greenbrier Resort on July 31, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Featured Columnist Andy Reistetter is on site this week at America's Resort The Greenbrier for the PGA TOUR's inaugural Greenbrier Classic.

 

Jeff Overtonwas sputtering out of the gates withtwo bogeys in the first five holes.

 

D.A. Points teeing off almost two hours before the final twosome had stepped on the gas and passed Overton like he was standing still.

 

With ten birdies through 16 holes and a hybrid in his hand hitting into the reachable par-5 17th hole it looked Points' score was going to add up to 59 or better.

 

Sadly he missed the green and three-putted for a bogey and had to settle for a 61 posting a 15-under par score.

 

What was the difference for Points who has played in 145 Nationwide events winning four times yet is win-less on the PGA TOUR in 115 starts?

 

"It was just nice to see some putts going in. I've been hitting it pretty good for the last month or so and just haven't really been getting a lot out of it. It was nice to get some putts to drop today."

Was he thinking about shooting 59?

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"I knew that I was 10-under at that point (through 16 holes), unfortunately. I wish I wouldn't have known what I was. But I knew I was 10-under and had theoretically the easiest par-5 on the golf course."

 

When Points finished his round he was leading the tournament.

 

But then Overtonshifted it into overdrive, making birdies on five of six holes in one stretch on the back nine.

 

"I missed some putts early, and then a whole bunch of putts kind of fell in late for me late, fortunately. It was good to see a couple putts go in."

 

Did he see Points pass him by?

 

"I didn't even really know what he was doing. Then I looked up, and if anything, I might have helped me. I was like, jeez, what are you doing here, Jeff? Start off playing so crappy, and then here he (Points) is three shots up."

With his back nine spurt Overton shot a 4-uner 66 and leads by three strokes over Points at 18-under par.

 

What will it take on Sunday to win his first tournament on the PGA TOUR?

 

"A good round. You got to play well. I mean somebody that's 12-under right now, I don't know how many guys there are, but I'm sure one of those guys is going to shoot 65 or better as least."

 

Boo Weekly is in solo third place at 13-under par after shooting a 67 in the final pairing with Overton.

 

There is another foursome of players at 12-under headlined by J.B. Holmes who shot an impressive 60 the best score yet in the inaugural Greenbrier Classic.

 

Holmes bogeyed the third hole and birdied the last three holes and predicted what everyone knows is a strong possibility on a golf course running hard and fast in the fairway and soft and holding on the greens.

 

"If you get no wind, there's definitely a 59 out there."

But as Points pointed out it is not about shooting 59 it is about something else.

 

"Okay, 59 is awesome, but I also want to maintain my position and try to still have a chance to win the golf tournament."

 

Many golfers remain in position to win this golf tournament.

 

On Saturday night of the Jim Justice weeklongfestival, West Virginia native country singer Brad Paisley took the stage coming out of a swimming pool as the rain began to fall hard on the overflowing crowd.

 

Perhaps the rain will make the golf course play longer but if "life, clean and place" becomes necessary a 59 will be a definite possibility.

 

Nobody but the legendary Sam Snead has shot 59 at The Greenbrier.

 

Incidentally he did it in the year 1959 in one of his Sam Snead Festivals.

 

Players start your rounds off hot and get even hotter as the afternoon progresses.

 

Jeff Overtonneeds to keep it in overdrive to win his first PGA TOUR event come Sunday afternoon at The Greenbrier.  

 

Good living and good golfing my friends!

 

 

Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.

 

He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.

 

He enjoys pursuing his passion for the game of golf and everything associated with it. He can be reached through his website www.MrHickoryGolf.net or by e-mailing him to AndyReistetter@gmail.com