So could Owen, two shots back at 7 under. The 41-year-old Englishman hasn't sniffed a victory in 188 Tour starts, dropped to the Web.com Tour in 2011, survived "Q School" and returned to the big tour.
So could Driscoll, three shots back at 6 under. He's a two-time Web.com Tour graduate who has sweated out the top 125 of the money list the last two years.
My favorite is 50-year-old Lancaster, who won a tournament in a six-way playoff waaaaay back in 1994. He has played 569 Tour events, with exactly three top-three finishes.
I have to admit I mourned his 71 Friday, which followed his 65 Thursday. A double-bogey on the 12th messed up his day.
So why do Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods miss the cut at Old White, while the Potters and Bowditches of the world sneak up the leaderboard? I don't know, but you know what?
I love it. It doesn't sell many tickets, but that's the beauty of the game - for one week, you can be the king of the sport. You can save your season, give yourself better status.
"It's coming down to the end of the year," Every said. "A lot of guys are trying to get inside the FedEx or the top 125 on the money list to keep their job next year, so it's a big week for a lot of people. If you play good, it can change your life."
Bowditch knows it. That's why he keeps teeing it up. Hey, he gets a 1:40 p.m. tee time today.
"You know, I really haven't put myself in position, really, my whole career, so it's going to be a new experience for me," he said. "My golf swing feels probably the best it's felt in a long time now, so I'm sort of freewheeling it."
He could easily shoot 76-76 over the weekend, or he can pull a Potter and win the thing. That's why this tournament is so interesting.
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