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."
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."