Deutsche Bank Championship: Garcia, Els ride hot putters into contention
Drive for show, putt for dough. Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els proved the old golf saying true Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Garcia and Els both got the putter going in the second round at TPC Boston and are firmly in contention at the second event in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
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September 3, 2011 08:33 pm EDT
Drive for show, putt for dough. Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els proved the old golf saying tru Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Garcia and Els both got the putter going in the second round at TPC Boston and are firmly in contention at the second event in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Garcia opened with a 71 and followed it up with a 6-under-par 65 to move into a tie for 11th, four shots off the lead. The Spaniard needed only 26 putts in the second round after taking 32 on Friday.
"I didn't play too differently than yesterday," Garcia said. "The difference was that today the putts, instead of lipping out, they werte lipping in."
A round of seven birdies and a bogey included a run of four straight birdies for Garcia, who is winless on the PGA Tour since a victory at the 2008 Players Championship.
"My confidence is good," Garcia said. "If I play good, I think any course suits my game."
TPC Boston suited Els just fine as well as he carded a bogey-free round of 65 with six birdies. Els had 28 putts in each of his first two rounds but made them count Saturday.
"I'm obviously quite happy. The putter is starting to cooperate a little bit better now," Els said. "The greens are probably the best we have putted on all year. If you can have a stroke going, you can make some putts."
The putts Els is making are with a belly putter. While Phil Mickelson drew a lot of attention for using a belly putter in competition for the first time this week, Els is becoming comfortable with his long putter.
"I'm starting to feel more comfortable with the belly," Els said. "I worked on my swing again this week anbd am really swinging nicely. I'm feeling quite well."
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