Chase Seifert had a 15-minute stretch of shots on Sunday that shouldn’t get buried in the hoopla around the studs in the final group.
A 28-year-old PGA Tour rookie who played his college golf at Florida State with Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, Seifert was on the cusp of contention midway through the final round of the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village.
Then it appeared that the pressure got too much for him when on a layup shot at the par-5 11th —a layup!—he found the creek on the right side of the fairway. Seifert was left with 128 yards to the flagstick, and his fourth shot checked up 10 feety right of the flag, spun sideways and dropped in for a remarkable birdie.
Worst swing to best swing, as one of the CBS commentators noted.
The greatest part is that Seifert wasn’t done. Just as CBS anchor Jim Nantz was noting live that Seifert’s two lifetime aces had come on his birthday, Aug. 12, Seifert fired his tee shot at the par-3 12th and his ball rolled up to just a couple feet. Another birdie, and this one got Seifert to 15 under, just two shots off the lead.
Whether he wins or not, Seifert was a highlight machine. He also made a birdie with a 42-foot putt that hammered the flagstick or it might have gone 15 feet past.