As a reporter asked Brandt Jobe about his rhythm through the first 15 holes Thursday at the Constellation Senior Players Championship, the 51-year-old made sure to receive full credit.
"Sixteen," Jobe said. "Give me that last hole."
Jobe laughed as he spoke about his 9-under-par total during that stretch, but he lamented his shortcomings on the final two holes at Caves Valley Golf Club.
That cost Jobe the chance to lead — he's tied for fifth at 6-under, two strokes behind leader Larry Mize — but the one-time PGA Tour Champions winner, in search of his first major, was pleased with his opening-round performance.
"I was hitting fairways for the most part," Jobe said. "When I wasn't, I was playing a smart shot. Hit a lot of greens and really just gave myself a lot of opportunities."
Jobe's eagle on the second hole set the tone for seven birdies in the ensuing 14. From the 10th through the 16th holes, he had five birdies to reach 9-under.
That's when Jobe endured his hardships.
With what he called his "one bad swing" that sent the ball into the water, Jobe double-bogeyed the 17th hole.
On the 18th, he said, a divot in the course forced him to putt three times.
"It's always sad to see when somebody plays so good and keeps hanging in there and has a great score going and then you blow it the last hole or two," said Bernhard Langer, Jobe's groupmate who's tied for second at 7-under. "It was tough to watch, but he'll bounce back."
It's been about a month since Jobe won his first PGA Champions Tour event — the Principal Charity Classic — by one stroke.
Jobe tweaked his putting and switched an L-wedge beforehand, helping him gain confidence with an outing similar to the one he had on the first 15 holes — no, the first 16 holes — Thursday.
"Overall, I'm happy with how I played," Jobe said. "Can I play better? I think so. Obviously get rid of the mistakes, but yeah, it's still a solid round of golf."