Rookie pro obliterates front nine record to take the lead, then gets emotional


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On his long, grinding road to the PGA Tour, Jake Knapp worked as a security guard at a club in Costa Mesa, Calif., a job that he says helped him develop a thick skin.

The 29-year-old Tour rookie looked plenty tough, all right, during Saturday’s third round of the Mexico Open, where he showed little emotion while seizing the lead on the strength of an eight-under 63.

But golf is one thing. Real life is another. And when asked about the latter, after his round, Knapp’s impassive manner shifted. His voice broke and his eyes welled with tears.