Wednesday, July 16, 1997 - The Michigan Daily - 15
it divot on the green
comes back to play the TPC 4 5 6 3 4 36
2 3 4 5 32
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chances as he stood just two sh
*behind the leaders at the halfway po
"I'm hoping that the next two day
can get a little more freed up and f
like there's a little more flow;' he sai
Little did he know, 24 hours later
would be searching for the remnants
his swing and flow would be the leas
ROUND: -3, tied at 138 (-6 overa
Confidence is essential in a sport li
golf. Even the slightest factor can sha
a player's nerves.
And playing with Raymond Fl
presents a number of those problen
He travels with huge galleries, care
an impressive resume and can turn
his all-world game in an instant.
And for Schroeder, who was pai
with the legend, along with Isao A
*on Saturday, this intimidation was
unjust reward for back-to-back 69s.
What began as a normal round
Schroeder (-1 through the first f
holes) unraveled in an instant.
The slightest break - like when
dropped his second shot into the drink
No. 6- sent Schroeder spiraling do'
ward and his score the opposite way.
And, sure enough, he never recover
After the six on six, he closed p
bogey, par and made the turn with o
Decent became dismal when he
the cart path on No. 10 and nestled
ball into the greenside swamp on 12
Schroeder's swing, which had be
in top form for the first two rounds
the Michigan TPC, fell apart, and
shots were scattered everywhere.
"I reverted hack to swhat I've b;
doing all year long'" he said. "I j
made the same mistakes over and ov
Just as Schroeder's low numbers
appeared (he stood at -2 overall throe
12), so did his following of Wolverin
Friday's Hail to the Victor cha
became Saturday's Hail Marys
Schroeder fell from contention.
"It was a pretty negative day," he sa
At least it couldn't get any worse,
may have thought, as he inked his na
on the scorecard reading 78.
ROUND: +6, tied at 216 (even
When asked if there was 'A1
anything positive to carry
over from Saturday's disap- 1Th1AjTSL1?3
pointing round, Schroeder was
hesitant to respond. j aY
"I'll have to think about it,"
he said. "But I don't think so." 4
As horrid as Saturday's 18 ira
holes were, when Schroeder3
awoke on Sunday, he must have
All day long, he rolled in
Long drives led /
4a 4 4
continued on to
Minn., for the
next stop on
all the other
stop in the
e n d ,
shots, and secure putts were beckoned
into the cup.
Schroeder could do no wrong.
Seven birdies in 18 holes cemented
Sunday's round as his best of the tour-
nament, and he knew it.
"I'm very pleased that I finished
D a l e
Douglass and Jim Albus.
While all three players started the
day at even par, it was Schroeder who
finished the day four under.
Douglass concluded at the same par
score as when he started, and Albus as
Schroeder's opposite at four over.
The day was a success by
Schroeder's own estimation, but he
regretted his missed opportunities.
a n d
third rounds, held off
late charges from Aoki and Dave
Stockton to claim the title at -14.
It was too little, too late for
Schroeder, but he enjoyed himself
nonetheless. Three rounds under par
placed him close to the lead.
"It really was a great week;' he said.
ROUND: -4, tied at 284 (-4 overall)
At the end of Sunday - regardless
of the final standings - Schroeder
In Michigan he stood out in the
crowd, a hometown hero making
Starting Friday, though, he'll go
back to being another face in the over-
The struggles with his swing may
return, and his concern for his family
will always be an issue.
But for four days last week,
Schroeder was home.
And as he'll attest - there's no
place like home.
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een Consistency ruled the day for might have had a chance to win," he
at Schroeder - positive consistency this said. - I
his time. "It really only came down to a cou-
He went out in 34 and came in card- ple of swings.";I I
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