Good Friends Battling Again


Jim Thorpe and John Jacobs are at it again. The two good friends who battle for the Tradition title shot matching 7-under 65s to share the first-round lead in The Instinet Classic in Princeton, N.J.
Amazingly, Jacobs day started with a double-bogey-6 at the first, while Thorpes ended with an eagle-3 at the last.
Thorpes final-hole dramatics were reminiscent of his performance in the seasons first major. He eagled the par-5 18th in the third round of the Tradition to pull within one of Jacobs 54-hole lead. He then birdied the home hole Sunday to force a playoff with Jacobs, and won his first major by birdieing the 18th on the first hole of sudden death.
Friday, Thorpe started with three birdies over his first five holes on the TPC at Jasna Polana. And despite dropped shots at the both par-3s on the back nine, he birdied 10, 12, 15 and 16 to go along with his eagle at 18.
Jacobs dismal beginning was trumped by four birdies in a six-hole stretch prior to making the turn. He then reeled off three straight birdies to start the back, before producing another red number at the 14th. His remarkable round concluded with a ninth birdie at the last.
Ed Dougherty is alone in third place after shooting 5-under 67. Hampered by neck and right shoulder injuries, two-time defending champion Gil Morgan shot 1-over 73.
Full-field scores from The Instinet Classic