Pride turned to his caddie on the 18th when he stood over a chip for eagle and said, “Do I need to make this?”
“He said, `No, let’s just play.’ Which is what I was trying to do,” Pride said. “He helped me get back to where I needed to be.”
John Merrick needed an eagle on the 18th to knock Pride out of the 70th position, but it came up short. Jonas Blixt finished in 71st on the FedEx Cup and goes home.
Oddly enough, Pride, Blixt and Merrick came into the TPC Boston at No. 96, No. 97 and No. 98 in the standings. Each of them had a 6-under 278. Each of them moved up 26 spots in the standings. It was Pride, however, who got the last spot.
LONG LOST BROTHER?: Louis Oosthuizen stepped onto the ninth tee and heard a fan screaming from the front of the box.
“LOUIS! LOUIS! I’M YOUR BROTHER! YOUR LONG, LOST BROTHER!”
The fan had a slight gap in his front teeth, was wearing a cap and was very, very loud _ so loud that Oosthuizen couldn’t ignore him. He turned to look and broke into a gap-tooth smile, and was laughing so hard he covered his face with his yardage book.
So, was he a real lookalike?
“My caddie said he looked just like me, so I don’t know,” Oosthuizen said.
Rory McIlroy sided with the caddie.
“He did have the gap in the teeth, which I thought was so funny,” McIlroy said. “He was following us the whole way around. I thought there were a few similarities there.”
Except for the golf. Oosthuizen has a swing that is the envy of the tour.
HOMEWARD BOUND: Jeff Overton closed with a 68 and tied for seventh, his best performance since the first week of April. It could not have come at a better time. Overton needed a big week to advance to the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, the first time PGA Tour players go back there since 1991.