Jobe opens with 71, then dashes off to attend son's graduation
Thursday was a pretty busy day for Oklahoman Brandt Jobe. He shot a first-round 71 at Southern Hills, then was dashing off to Oklahoma City to attend his son Jackson’s high school graduation at 6 p.m. Had he received a late tee time on Thursday, he said he would have had to withdraw.
Jackson Jobe, who is 18, graduated on Thursday from Heritage Hall, and is considered one of the top baseball prospects in the country, a two-way player who throws 96 mph on the mound and has a spin rate on his slider that is off-the-charts good. He is projected to be among the top 10 picks when Major League Baseball conducts its draft beginning July 11. He also drew college interest as a quarterback, but concentrated on baseball as a senior.
“He had a pretty incredible year and he's worked hard,” Brandt Jobe said of Jackson. “I told him, I said, ‘You’ve got to outwork everyone.’ That's just the way this is. If you want to be the best, I mean go look at Tiger Woods, he worked out, he outworked everybody. From his body to his game. And that's what it takes, and that's kind of what I'm trying to tell him. No one's going to tell you to do it, do it on your own.
“So he's kind of taken that to heart, and it's been impressive to watch.”