Tyler Duncan, a 29-12 months-old seasoned in his 2d full yr at the PGA Tour, is having a good week in Dallas. After firing solid beginning rounds of sixty four-sixty six on the AT&T Byron Nelson, he’s tied for 2nd at 12 underneath par usual — four shots at the back of Sung Kang’s lead.
But on Friday, things nearly took an unfortunate turn. According to the PGA Tour, Duncan ignored the green on the par-4 13th hole at Trinity Forest. His errant approach went proper of the inexperienced, taking a bounce earlier than hitting a spectator and settling approximately 33 yards faraway from the hole. Unbeknownst to Duncan, the spectator was his wife, Maria. In truth, he didn’t discover it became her till after he had finished his spherical.
“Took a large leap and hit her, I bet,” Duncan stated. “I didn’t realize until after the round. … I’m simply glad she’s not hurt, and I become along with her a while ago.”
Duncan’s botched method led to his best bogey of the day when he didn’t get it up-and-down. He recovered nicely, even though, gambling his very last 5 holes in one beneath par to complete 5 under par on the day.
Somewhat remarkably, Friday changed into now not the primary time Duncan’s spouse was struck by means of a golfing ball.
“Not long once we began courting, she honestly was given hit in the head with the aid of some other ball, a random ball from the using range,” Duncan stated. “She’s dodged two hits to the top. I’m sure most people can’t say that.” Duncan and his spouse have been married in 2017.
Duncan has but to win a match on the PGA Tour, but he had pinnacle-10 finishes the final season. This year, his quality end is T22 on the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He’s in precise function now to improve upon that stat this week.
Janet Pope had one goal. She desired to tee off on her 90th birthday.
There changed into handiest one problem, the Pottstown native doesn’t normally play on Saturdays, the day she could flip 90.
Her buddies at the Out Door Country Club in Manchester Township knew about her aim and organized for her to attain it.
At 1 p.M. Saturday, Janet hit her tee shot down the middle of the No. 10 fairway as friends from the Out Door Country Club’s 18-hole women group watched.
“I don’t understand what I’d do without the one’s ladies,” Janet stated of the ladies who play on Wednesdays. “They are all gifts to me. If it wasn’t for them I could be sitting in a rocking chair.”
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Pope came to golf later in lifestyles. Not wanting to be a golfing widow, she started mastering the game in her 60s.
Her husband Tom, 85, has been playing for much longer. Janet performs in couples events at ODCC along with her husband in addition to her weekly outings with the women’s organization.
The couple, who’ve been married for nearly 50 years, additionally take lengthy golf trips to Myrtle Beach.
“One ride we had been in Myrtle Beach for 90 days, and we performed for 89 of them,” she said of the ride they took no greater than 10 years ago.
Not most effective did they play nearly every day, in addition, they didn’t use a cart.
“I used to walk all the time after I performed, I loved to stroll,” Janet stated. “But then I started to have problem with one in all my knees and I had to begin the use of a cart.”
That alternate came within the ultimate 5 years.
Another exchange that has are available latest years is how she appears at her game. No longer involved about her score, she thinks in terms of finishing her spherical.
“She’s fantastic, it’s apparent she simply loves the game” Out Door golfing seasoned Jason Gebhart stated. “Janet is our oldest energetic golfer on the club. We have a person who’s 88, however, she is the oldest.”