ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Freddie Jacobson shot a second-round 67 on the Plantation Course for a share of second place, but it was a junior soccer match involving his son last week that had him fired up on Friday at the RSM Classic.
“It was so much fun, a much better match than last year when I was coaching,” Jacobson laughed. “He [Max] had a big smile.”
Similarly, Jacobson was all smiles on Friday as he explained Max’s recovery from open-heart surgery on Aug. 3. The procedure corrected an “anomalous origin of the right-coronary artery” and his soccer match last week was a testament to how far the 7 year old has come in the recovery process.
“It was a rough time,” said Jacobson, who is a stroke behind second-round leader Kevin Chappell at Sea Island Resort. “The good thing for us is Max is a pretty cool customer.”
The surgery and ensuing recovery process forced Jacobson to miss nearly five months on the PGA Tour and he began the 2015-16 season playing on a major medical/family crisis exemption.
He has 11 events to earn $326,211 to secure full status, which, coupled with what he has already earned this season in four starts, would be a solo sixth-place finish this week in Georgia.