After son's surgery, Jacobson regains full status


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Freddie Jacobson came up short on the weekend at the RSM Classic in his quest for his second PGA Tour title, but he was almost as pleased with the consolation prize.

Jacobson missed the final four months of last season to be at home with his son, Max, who underwent open-heart surgery on Aug. 3. When he returned to the Tour this season, he had 11 events to earn $326,211 and regain his full status under a major medical/family crisis exemption.

It turns out he only needed five tournaments to secure his playing status and some peace of mind going into the circuit’s winter break. Jacobson finished alone in fifth place at Sea Island Resort, following a final-round 67 that included a birdie at the last hole to earn $228,000.

“This is brilliant, to have a chance to go out there and just enjoy a break, see everybody, hang with the family for a week,” said Jacobson, who was bound for Mexico for a family vacation.

“It was a lot of work the last four months for me from coming back from Max's heart surgery until the first start and then playing five out of six weeks. Really have to dig deep to do what we managed to do. Very, very happy.”