Men's Golf

    Former Hoosier Jeff Overton in Running for First PGA Tour Victory

    Go Hoosiers! Former Hoosier Jeff Overton
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    Former Hoosier Jeff Overton
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 6, 2009

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Former Indiana golfer Jeff Overton is tied for second place, just one stroke back from the leader, with 36 holes to play at this weekend's PGA Tour stop: the Honda Classic.

    Overton entered the clubhouse after his second-round 67 Friday afternoon atop the leaderboard. By the end the day, only J.E. Yang passed the former Hoosier. Overton, along with two others are each six-under heading into Saturday while Yang is seven-under.

    Click here for the complete leaderboard and live scoring of the event.

    Overton shot 67 (-3) both rounds. On day one, he combined four birdies with just one bogey to post a 67. He then followed that up Friday with a five-birdie, two-bogey performance.


    An excerpt from Nathan Easler (ESPN.com)'s event preview
    Since the Honda Classic moved there in 2007, the course has been in the top 10 in scoring difficulty. If recent history holds, we should see very short drives, significantly fewer par breakers than most PGA Tour events and a champion who has won a major or at least can play the shots needed to win golf's biggest tournaments.

    In 2008, the PGA National Champion Course was the ninth most difficult on the PGA Tour out of 54, averaging 1.825 strokes above par.

    How hard is this track? Take a look at a few of the courses that played more difficult: Royal Birkdale (British Open), Oakland Hills (PGA Championship), Torrey Pines (U.S. Open), Muirfield Village (The Memorial) and TPC Sawgrass (The Players Championship). The main reasons for this company: PGA National is a very challenging layout in terms of driving distance while birdies are tough to come by, even from the fairway. Plus, there are only two par-5s on the course -- the 18th hole being the third most difficult par-5 on tour last year.


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