He is virtually a lock to make his first Ryder Cup team. But that wasn'tthe cause of his mock celebration.
Playing alone in the first group off when ailing Ian Poulter withdrew, Overton walked 18 holes at Whistling Straits in 2 hours, 9 minutes, to break the PGAChampionship record for quickest round.
"Awesome! My first record at a major," Overton said.
It beat the previous mark -- by one minute -- set by Phil Blackmaar at Crooked Stick in 1991.
The recordis not official, of course. But the information came from Kerry Haigh, the championship director for the PGA of America, so somebody is keeping track of this stuff -- even if Overton wasn't.
Andit's not as if he didn't care, at least at the start of his round.
He was aware Poulter was suffering from a chest infection and that he would be playing by himself. Overton opened with a bogey, tookdouble bogey on the fourth and figured there wasn't much left for him to do but finish.
"I gave it my best, especially early," he said. "I got some bad breaks, and the next thing I know I said,'Let's go ahead and get this round over with.' "
He finished the front nine in one hour, and made a clutch 7-foot putt for par on the last hole to shoot 79.
In relatively mild conditions Sundaymorning, caddie Eric Larson was sweating. Larson has experience with fast play, having worked with Mark Calcavecchia several times.
"Calc can't run down some of these hills," Larsonsaid.
Overton was playing for the eighth time in 10 weeks and was exhausted. Closing with a 79 most likely will have no bearing on finishing among the top eight in the Ryder Cup standings to earn aspot on his first team. He is at No. 5, with two of the three players directly below him having missed the cut.
It would take a mathematical miracle Sunday for Overton not to finish among the...