BETHESDA, Md. – One guy will be wearing his signature red and black on Sunday at Congressional, just not the player many would have thought. As for one of the contenders chasing him, who knows?
Freddie Jacobson endured a wild round Saturday at the Quicken Loans National – a card that included five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey – but he did so in style adorned in purple “plus two” pants.
“It draws attention away from my gut,” he joked after his round.
The attention should be focused on the Swede's play the last few weeks. Jacobson tied for third at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in May, has missed just one cut since February on the PGA Tour and enters the final round two strokes behind front-runner Patrick Reed, who will be outfitted in his normal red and black on Sunday, after a third-round 71 left him at 4 under par.
After a front-nine 32, Jacobson struggled like many players on the 10th and 11th holes, going bogey-double bogey to drop out of the lead.
As is normally the case with the player affectionately known as “The Junkman,” Jacobson’s putting propelled him up the leaderboard. He rolled in birdie putts of 24 (No. 2), 28 (No. 3), 28 (No. 8) and 11 (No. 14) feet.
“If you’re going to go low, which I had a chance to do today, I think you have to make a few of those because it’s really tough,” he said. “As it firms up, it gets tougher and tougher to go for the pins.”
As for Sunday’s wardrobe, Jacobson was asked if he planned to break out the “plus twos” again. “Maybe, we’ll see,” he smiled.