The Oxford golfer fell on his ailing knee carrying his bag to the clubhouse Monday, then shot 97 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course to fall way down the leaderboard in the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championship at PGA West.
“It was one of those days every golfer does not want to see; it was absolutely horrible,” Evans said. “I’ve not shot 97 since I’ve been about 7 years old.”
Evans was only three shots out of the lead to start the day. He opened Monday’s round with a bogey and two pars, then it went way south. He played the next five holes in 10-over-par, with two double bogeys and a quadruple bogey.
The back nine wasn’t much better. Going for broke, he played the side in 50 that included one birdie.
“That’s probably the hardest course I ever played,” Evans said. “I hit some pretty good shots, just not where you’re supposed to be. … It was just one of those days.
“I played really, really stupid after the first five holes; I didn’t have anything to lose. Now I’m just going to try to make as many birdies as I can. It’s either going to be a birdie or a double.”
He plays the next two days on the Norman Resort Course and the Palmer Private Course.