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A Flying high Tom Kite rewrote the record books with a front-nine 28 on Thursday at Indianwood Golf & Country Club’s Old Course. He then held on to post a leading score of -5 under par and 65 at the U.S. Senior Open. He leads by one shot from Lance Ten Broeck and German Bernhard Langer who both posted scores of -4 under par.
Tom was delighted with his effort;
“I thought there would be some good scores but I certainly didn’t see any 28s or anything like that. It was a lot of fun.”
Tom’s front nine 28 was the lowest nine-hole score in USGA championship history. It included an eagle 2 on the par-4 fourth hole where his approach from 155 yards went into the hole. The front-nine card featured five 3s to go along with two deuces.
His eagle on the fourth hole was the first of three straight red numbers, which started a stretch of five in six holes.
“That’s one of those crazy holes, the second is a blind shot. Hit a drive up the right-hand side, just snuck into the semi-rough. I had 155 yards, just playing an 8-iron and letting it release onto the green. The people up there just started getting louder and louder and louder and louder. All of a sudden, arms went up as the ball went in. I never saw it obviously. Just relied on their reaction. I feel like I’m playing well right now, and obviously, I was surprised, very pleased, ecstatic with the front nine because not only was it a good nine holes of golf, but some good breaks and good putts and just everything got going the right way. Sixty-five is a good score in a Major championship. So I’m feeling good about it.”
Peter Jacobson was Tom”s playing partner, he could only manage a par round as he witnessed at close hand the marvelous antics of Tom Kite;
” I felt like the Washington Generals playing against the Harlem Globetrotters. I was his towel boy. Tom putted as well with the long putter today as I’ve seen him in five or six years he’s used that putter, he was confident. He stepped up to every putt, boom, and he was very assertive. He had great speed. The two putt he had on 18 was amazing. He had to go over one of those muffins and knocked it down there about four feet and confidently knocked it in. Everything was working for Kite today. It was great to see. He had a good chance to win last week at Pebble Beach. We play a lot of golf together. I was on the range with him last week and watching him hit some balls. He looked awfully good then. He looked awfully good today.”