Five-over heading into No. 7 (he started on the back nine),
His approach to the green went long -- and kept going. Through the
sand, through the muck and down a hill. It came to rest six inches shy
of the parking lot -- barely inbounds.
A ruling on a snow fence gave Schleicher a drop without penalty. He
took a whack and the ball traveled about five feet, still mired in the
growth. That was five feet more than his next shot, as the ball rolled
down the steep incline behind him. His third try got to the top of the
hill, and his fourth finally reached the green.
Schleicher was bumfuzzled. He turned to The Tribune columnist, who was
with him through the whole ordeal, and said, "I lost track. You know
how many?" "Four swings in the junk," was the response.
Schleicher's 9 on No. 7 was the crown jewel in the 82, which should
limit his visit to Benton Harbor to a couple days.
Then there's Denis Watson of Zimbabwe. He was a one-and-done at the
Senior PGA Championship, and No. 7 had a lot to do with it.
Watson, not to be confused with, related to, or even vaguely
resembling defending champ Tom Watson, hit his approach long.