'I was born with club feet,' said Gove, in third place at 11-under-par midway through the tournament. 'And I've had three operations to correct them. It's always been a bit of a chore to walk and all that, but I've been very blessed to be able to play golf for a living.'
Gove, seeking his first PGA TOUR victory, wears a size 9 shoe on his left foot and a 7 1/2 on the right. He said his feet are usually sore after walking 18 holes.
'Something I've learned to live with,' he said. 'Some days are good and some are bad.'
HAAS OF FRUSTRATION
Bill Haas was so bent out of shape after making a double bogey that he bent his putter out of shape.
After missing a short putt at No. 18, Haas tapped in for a 6 at the par-4 hole. He then walked to the edge of the green, gripped both ends of the putter and bent it, rendering it useless.
Haas, however, had begun his round at No. 10, so he still had the front nine to play. He used his 2-iron as a putter over his final nine holes and was doing OK until his tee shot landed into the water at the final hole. He finished with a 76 to go 6-over for the tournament, missing the cut.
Haas wasn't eager to discuss his putter. Asked what happened to it, he said: 'I gave it away. ... I wasn't using it very well.'
MAKING HAY WITH HOLMES
PGA TOUR rookie J.B. Holmes often gets asked how he developed a compact swing that unleashes such huge drives. One theory is that his arms grew strong while baling hay one summer as a kid in his native Kentucky.
Good story, but it's probably stretching the truth a bit.
'It wasn't all summer,' Holmes said. 'It wasn't a lot, but everybody wants an answer, so that's an answer.'