Westlake resident Brandt Jobe has put himself in contention for his best-ever finish in one of golf's major championships with today's third-round 69 at the U.S. Open that moved him to 4-over par for the tournament.
Jobe, 42, stands in a tie for 18th place at 6:30 p.m. CDT. He's got an excellent chance to continue climbing the leader board as other golfers backslide during the late stages of rounds at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif.
After battling hand and wrist ailments for most of the past two seasons, Jobe has begun playing well in recent weeks. If he can maintain his current position, he'll post his highest finish in 11 trips to the Open. His best finish, thus far, is a tie for 33rd in 2005.
Jobe's highest finish in any major came at the 1999 Masters, where he tied for 14th.
Jobe, who has more than $6.4 million in earnings as a PGA Tour competitor, still seeks his first tour victory. He has won 11 international events, primarily on the Japanese and Asian tours.
_ Jimmy Burch