At this point, we could certainly change his surname to Overdue, but at least Jeff Overton walked away from his tough-luck loss on Sunday with some nice parting gifts.
Despite generating one of the best summers of any player in the game, Overton got nosed by a shot in the final round by Stuart Appleby, who at the Greenbrier Classic became the fifth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 in competition.
While he was deprived of his first tour victory by Appleby's historic heroics, Overton nonetheless climbed six spots into fourth place in the U.S. Ryder Cup points rankings with only two weeks left to secure an automatic spot. The top eight in points following next week's PGA Championship automatically make the team.
Overton is the lone non-winner in the top-10 on the U.S. Points list. Ricky Barnes, a non-winner who also in the midst of a scintillating stretch, is 11th.
Overton, 27, scored the winning point in the U.S. Walker Cup victory over Great Britain & Ireland five years ago, snapping a six-year American losing streak in the team matches.
By virtue of his fourth-top three finish in his last seven starts Overton climbed from 55th to 46th in the world rankings and received a last-minute invitation into this week's WGC event, the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Overton also finished T12 at the Memorial Tournament and T11 at the British Open in that seven-start stretch.