Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hill Hopes 'Sunday Best' Wasn't on Saturday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hill Hopes 'Sunday Best' Wasn't on Saturday

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The scorecard always has two sides, as Mike Hill well knows.

Hill was thrilled with his remarkable round Saturday at the Senior PGA Boone Valley Classic. He turned around a disappointing 75 on Friday and bullied big, bad Boone. With a precision putter doing the detail work, he carved eight birdies out of the rustic surroundings and strolled off with a 64, tying Hale Irwin's record score of 8 under from last year's tournament. Irwin achieved the mark with a course-record 63; the course was set up at par-71 last year.

"When you shoot a score like this, you should just go home, kick your feet up and tell yourself you had a hell of a day at the office, and don't think about tomorrow," Hill said. "Rounds like this don't happen all the time." Therein lies the other side of the card. Hill has won 18 Senior PGA tournaments in his career, to go with three PGA Tour wins. He ranks fifth on the Senior PGA career money list, with more than $6.5 million, and knows that cards likeSaturday's don't travel in pairs. When he tees off Sunday, he will be hard-pressed to turn on the copying machine. "It's going to be more difficult for me because you feel like every time you're within 15 feet of the hole, you should make it," said Hill, 58. "Then, if you miss one, you start thinking, `Uh-oh, something's wrong.' A 67 or 68 becomes all the more difficult." However, Hill has some things working in his favor, not the least of which is experience. Although he is without a victory this season, he has seven top-10 finishes and several Sunday rounds in the 60s. In his last four appearances, Hill has fired scores of 66, 68, 68 and 74 on Sunday. For the season, 12 of his rounds on Sunday have been under par. On Saturday, Hill got rolling early with birdies at Nos. 1 and 2, sinking 10-foot putts. At No. 5, he turned up the heat by draining a 35-footer. He made another 35-foot putt at No. 11, a 30-footer at No. 13 and two shorter birdie putts at Nos. 14 and 16. o Hill left a 15-foot putt at No. 18 just 2 inches short, narrowly missing a 63. "I've had some good Sundays this year, but I haven't been able to put three rounds together," Hill said. …

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