U.S. SENIOR OPEN Verplank, Battling Diabetes, Finishes Strong and Keeps His Spirits High July 2, 2017 | PEABODY, Mass. By Dave Shedloski
Scott Verplank was pleased that he got the opportunity to play, and play well, in the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club. (USGA/Joel Kowsky)
Scott Verplank endured a wild ride over his final 36 holes in the U.S. Senior Open Championship. It was a ride that he preferred to not take, and not just because his play wasn’t up to his standards.
Winner of the 1984 U.S. Amateur Championship, Verplank gladly took a seat in the clubhouse following a roller-coaster final-round 70 Sunday at hot and breezy Salem Country Club. He was wrung out from four exhausting days, but at least he was able to complete 72 holes.
At the behest of his doctors, Verplank requested and was granted the use of a golf cart by the USGA for the championship so he could manage the aching in his feet and other health issues connected to a near life-long battle with diabetes. Verplank had no choice but to ride along the rolling terrain of this Donald Ross-designed course. His caddie, Kevin Flewellin, still had to walk and carry Verplank’s clubs.
“I would rather not take a cart, but I also would rather not be dealing with all the things I’ve had to deal with for 44 years as a diabetic,” said Verplank, 52, who posted his first top-10 finish in the championship. “Even with the cart, I’m pretty exhausted. My feet are terrible. I’ve played a lot of golf recently. I’m not sure if I could have survived the week without it, but that’s what the accommodation is there for. It just helped level the playing for me a little bit, that’s all.”
After starting with consecutive rounds of 66, Verplank st Continue reading