Through three holes of the Valero Texas Open, rookie John Huh was 5 over par and considering pulling out of the tournament. Huh persevered, however, and nearly won for the second time this season.
Falling two shots shy of Ben Curtis, Huh finished tied for second with Matt Every on 7 under at TPC San Antonio.
'I was 5 over after the third hole [in the] first round and I was actually going to withdraw but I kept telling myself, 'Don't give up, you got a lot of golf left' and here I am,' Huh said Sunday.
It got worse before it got better for Huh, who was playing with a minor wrist injury. The rookie fell to 9 over after the first eight holes. A birdie at his ninth hole (No. 18), however, was the start of a 46-hole stretch played without a bogey and in 13 under.
Despite mounting a staggering comeback, Huh did not anticipate the opportunity for a second win at the Sunday outset.
'I was five shots back. That's five. It's a pretty big gap,' said Huh, who shot 3-under 69 on Sunday.
'All I have to do is play my game, give myself a good chance and I did it really well and Ben did it really well, too.'
Told his win and this T-2 came on courses designed by Greg Norman, Huh may have become a fan.
'I better thank him,' he said.