Austin shot a 70 at Friday's second-round of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, which is a good round on this difficult course, but all he could do was look back at what might have been.
"I feel like I've lost a great opportunity to be out front because I've had way too many chances," Austin said. "You just can't have that many chances, when you're someone in my position who's never won a major. I don't have that luxury."
Austin might be described as the Barney Fife of golf if he weren't so athletically inclined.
"I'm a very nervous person and it shows," Austin said. "It shows in putting. It's very hard to make a putting stroke when you're nervous. It's a lot easier to make a golf swing when you're nervous as opposed to putting.
"So the putting stroke, it's going to show up the most and unfortunately that's the most important part of the game. It showed up a lot today. I should have shot a hell of a lot better."
You think PGA Tour pros don't watch each other? It's only logical, really. What better place to learn than from the best, up close and personal.
John Senden learned from watching Zach Johnson win The Masters.
"He's a guy that won The Masters and I watched him coming down the stretch," said Senden, among those in striking distance after Friday's second round after shooting an even-par 70. "It looked like he was so involved and so in control of his feelings and emotions.
"You know, you've got Tiger Woods chasing his tail, but he just sort of stuck to his guns at that tournament. And when I watched him come up here, I sort of think, he's a young guy, he's won a major tournament. And I think that I can."
"The thing I learned is when he did hit a bad shot, he never got flustered," Storm said.
He should have put that to use Friday, when he soared to a 76.
Jeev Milka Singh - no relation to Vijay - and Jyoti Randhawa, both from India, are the first from their homeland to compete in a PGA Championship. Randhawa withdrew because of a "heat-related illness."
Now, what does that say about the Oklahoma heat?
August 11, 2007
Veteran golf writer Tim McDonald keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation.
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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