“It’s about time.”
Three words that couldn’t be more true.
Spoken by Courtney Sucher, Zack's wife, in response to his call to let her know he played well today and is going to make a paycheck this week.
“She was really happy,” Sucher said. “Every week I tell her ‘this is the week,’ so it was nice that it finally happened.”
It hasn’t happened many times this year. Only in three of eight events has Sucher brought home a paycheck – checks which have totaled a mere $3,000. This week will mark his fourth paycheck in three months.
But this week is different.
Sucher is playing the Hooters Tour Charter Childhood Cancer Awareness Classic in Gainesville, Georgia this week, where he shot 68-70 in the first two rounds, situating him in a tie for second going into the weekend.
He's in the best position he's been in all year after two rounds.
Sucher says his secret to success this week lies with his putter. With 24 putts in the first round and 26 in the second, it’s no wonder he’s in contention.
“I’m not hitting the ball that much different but I’ve kind of struggled with my putting this year,” Sucher said.
The greens at Chattahoochee Golf Club where he’s playing this week are firm and fast – exactly the way Zack likes them.
“I’ve always putted good on fast greens, so I’m really enjoying this.”
The forecast for the weekend: an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday. Also, precisely how Zack would drum it up.
“I’ve always been more of a scrappy golfer,” Sucher said. “I do better on harder courses. I’m more likely to do well when the scores are high. Most Hooters Tour events, you have to shoot 15 under to win, and while I’m very capable of doing that, I’m more likely to do well when scores are high.”
Translation: Zack can weather the difficult conditions better than the rest of the field and from what he can tell from his view in Georgia, that may be precisely the case this week.
Zack trails Brandon Brown by two heading into the weekend, where the cut was 5 over.
He knows his work is only half over and he has no intentions of coasting through the final two rounds.
“I’m just trying to win,” Sucher said. “Unless you have a big lead, you can’t expect to coast. I have to go out tomorrow and make a lot of birdies.”
His wife knows it and so do the rest of us – 'it’s about time' Zack shows us what he can do. With the course and conditions favoring him, it only seems right that this be his week.