17th-hole struggles doom Brandt Jobe's Senior Players Championship pursuit

Brandt Jobe shook hands Bernhard Langer after finishing the final round of the Senior Players Championship and his playing partner had a message.

Take away the 17th hole, Langer said, and Jobe would’ve won.

In the four-day tournament at Caves Valley Golf Club, Jobe had two bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-3 hole. Jobe tied with Langer at 17-under, one stroke behind his UCLA roommate Scott McCarron.

“Obviously, I didn't like that hole,” Jobe said with a smile. “It’s disappointing. I played well this week.”

Jobe joked after Saturday’s round that the key to overcoming his struggles on the 17th would be to just hit well and make par. Although he did that in the second round, Jobe hit the ball into the water, suffering penalty strokes, on the first and third days.

After he teed off at the spot Sunday, he swung his club in frustration as the ball landed in a bunker. His next shot went into the rough.

The 51-year-old, who won his first PGA Champions Tour event in June, felt he struggled with his swing throughout the week.

While his short-range efforts felt natural and his putt was consistent, he “didn’t hit hit the ball well.”

“My golf swing was kind of horrible, and that hole dominates,” Jobe said. “It’s a tough hole. It exposed my weakness, and so I’ve got to get my swing better.”

Jobe had a chance to force a playoff against McCarron with a putt for birdie on the 18th hole, but he put too much of an angle on the attempt and settled for par.

“That 18th hole was kind of my day in a nutshell,” Jobe said. “I didn’t hit a great shot.”

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