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Fredrik Jacobson + Travelers Championship = Deja Vu: A Fan's Take

Fredrik Jacobson Excels in June on the PGA Tour

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When Fredrik Jacobson won the 2011 Travelers Championship, it was his first win in 188 PGA Tour events played. Now a year later, the 2012 Travelers is being played at TPC River Highlands again, from June 21st to 24th. Jacobson has not claimed any other victories in between, but is once again at the top of the leaderboard. A look at his performance on Tour in June of 2012 reveals nearly a mirror-image of 2011, which may put him back in the winner's circle on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

FedEx St. Jude Classic: In his first tournament in June of 2011, Jacobson finished his four rounds at TPC Southwind with a 1-under par score of 279. This was good enough to finish in the top 35. A year later, at the 2012 St. Jude Classic, he posted scores of 69, 72, 66 and 72. His 2012 finishing position was a little better (27th vs 32nd) and his paycheck a little larger ($38,000 vs $31,000), but the 72-hole total of 279 was exactly the same as a year earlier.

U.S. Open: The 2011 U.S. Open was played at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. After an opening round 74, Jacobson improved to 69 and 66 in the middle rounds, before faltering with a 73 on Sunday. He finished in a tie for 14th. In 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California, Fredrik shot a 72 in Thursday's first round. Like the year before, after improving in rounds two and three (scores of 71 and 68), he struggled to a 75 in the final round. His finish in San Francisco was a tie for 15th.

Travelers Championship: Fredrik Jacobson's first round score at TPC River Highlands was a brilliant 5-under par 65. Which year, you ask? Both 2011 and 2012! In the second round of the 2011 tournament he made four birdies and finished with a 4-under par 66. His 2012 performance resulted in ... four birdies and a 4-under par 66, like looking in a mirror.

Saturday's Move: Saturday is often referred to as moving day on the PGA Tour. You don't win on Saturday, but it is the day to put yourself in position to have a chance in Sunday's final round. In the 2011 Travelers Championship, Jacobson played a bogey-free round on Saturday, June 25th, finishing with a remarkable 7-under par score of 63. This put him into the lead after 54-holes and a final round 66, on Sunday, was good enough to win the tournament by one shot.

One more mirror-image performance, with a 63 on Saturday, June 23, 2012, would likely give Fredrik Jacobson the 54-hole lead once more. He would be in an excellent position to defend his 2011 victory in the Travelers Championship in Sunday's final round, June 24, 2012.

Harold Andrews has played for nearly 50 years (competitively and recreationally) and considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.



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