Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson has played in 187 events on the PGA Tour since playing in the British Open in 1998. The Swede would eventually join the PGA Tour in 2004 and during the next eight years finished runner-up three different times.
First it was the Ginn sur Mur Classic in 2007, losing by a stroke to fellow Swede Daniel Chopra. In 2008, Jacobson had a solid weekend shooting 66-65 at Congressional Country Club, but lost by two shots to Anthony Kim at the AT&T National.
Last year Jacobson, was just one-shot off the lead of J.B Holes at the Valero Texas Open, but his final round 70 allowed Adam Scott to win, one-shot ahead of Jacobson.
“I’m looking forward to be playing in the last group tomorrow,” Jacobson said of his position going into Sunday. “I don’t think I’ve played in the last group on a Sunday. I think I’ve been kind of within reasonable reach, but been looking forward to getting myself in position to where I can get tested and put myself in that position. That’s where you want to be as often as possible so you can get more and more comfortable from it.”
Jacobson, three of the last four weeks with solid rounds in the middle of tournaments including a 69-66 on Friday and Saturday at Congressional in last weeks U.S. Open, but the final rounds have been questionable at best.
With a final round scoring average of 71.57, Jacobson is over a stroke higher on Sunday then any other round in 2011. With chances at Crowne Plaza Invitational, FedEx St. Jude Classic and the U.S. Open, Jacobson shot 70, 75 and 73, not breaking par and leaving his chances of finally winning in shambles.
“It’s kind of nice to go out and get to play and not start off being behind and go out and test that position, no matter what the outcome is, ” Jacobson said after a third round 63. “I think you can draw a lot from and I feel I can draw a lot from this experience rather than always feel like you’re chasing because that win, you want that even if you’re four or five shots back, that’s kind of what we’re shooting for and what I’m shooting for, so I’m looking forward to this.”
Stuart Hall is editor of the Golf Press Association.