NORTON, Mass. – Few players at TPC Boston are as motivated as Jeff Overton.
Sure, winning the FedEx Cup playoffs would be nice – and so would the $10 million bonus that comes along with it. But no. This week, Overton finds extra motivation in the fact that he’s 83rd in the points standings, and needs to move inside the top 70 just to advance to next week’s BMW Championship.
That event happens to be held this year at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind., which would serve as a homecoming of sorts for Overton. The 29-year-old attended Indiana University and still resides in Bloomington, about an hour and a half away.
So Overton is heading home after this week one way or another – he’d just prefer to keep playing.
“I’m constantly getting a lot of great text messages and people saying, ‘Hey, we’re really excited to see you at Crooked Stick,’ just the whole Hoosier Nation,” he said. “It would just mean a whole lot if I could get into that tournament.”
Overton moved a step closer Friday, birdieing six of the last seven holes for a 7-under 64 that put him in contention at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Just how surprising was his round? Overton has only a pair of top-10 finishes this season, and none since the first week of April.
Despite saying that “the last three months, it’s probably been the worst I’ve ever putted in my life,” and despite working with three different putting instructors in the past five weeks, Overton one-putted 11 of his last 12 holes Friday, requiring 26 putts in all, to post his best score since last October.