Mini-Tour Vet Gets His Day with Tiger
As Dave Schreyer strolled down the 3rd fairway during the third round of the Open, he spotted a familiar face. It belonged to a fan he had chatted with during a practice round three days earlier. "A lot more people than Wednesday," the man said. Schreyer nodded.
Schreyer, a former NAIA champion at Huntingdon College in Alabama, has spent only one full season on the Tour, in 1992, and was making his first Open start. But after going 68-73 in the first two days at Congressional, Schreyer found himself paired with Tiger Woods and playing in front of a gallery that went eight deep. That was a stark contrast to the 1,000 or so fans he had played in front of the week before, when he won a Hooters tour event in Normal, Ill. He finished the Open with a 12-over-par 82. "I might have gotten a little juiced up," says Schreyer, who has spent the last four years playing on various U.S. mini-tours and in South Africa. "I don't get around that big a gallery too often."
Schreyer is less accustomed to playing in front of large crowds than his sister, Cindy, who is 32nd on the LPGA money list. Nonetheless he hopes his fast start at the Open—he finished with a 74 and in 65th place—is a harbinger of bigger galleries to come. "I think my game is very close," he says. "I see a lot of my friends out here playing, and I've got just as much game as they do."
The Shag Bag
One of the most impressive performances at Congressional was that of rookie Stewart Cink, who came in 13th at four-over-par 284. After finishing 16th at last year's Open, and first on the Nike tour money list, Cink was regarded as a leading candidate for 1997 rookie of the year. However, he had missed eight of 15 cuts before last week....
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