Coming off of a successful 2011 season that saw him winning an event as well as over two million dollars, Rory Sabbatini has struggled for much of this year, making the cut only seven times in fifteen events with only one top ten finish. A lot of his poor performances have to do with both his iron play and putting, as he ranks over 140th on Tour in most categories related to both areas. While he still hasn't hit as many greens in regulation as he would at this week's event, Sabbatini has putting beautifully ranking fourth in the field in putts per round at under 26. He is playing very similarly to Zach Johnson a week ago, who was inconsistent with his long game but had a hot putter all week, eventually propelling him to the win. I could see the same thing happening to Rory this week, as the course is playing very difficult right now along with mediocre weather to go with it, making putting crucial.
One of the three players one shot behind Sabbatini is Tiger Woods, who followed up a first round 70 with a three under 69 on day two of the event. Woods was coming off of two T40 finishes and a missed cut in his previous three starts, but has really turned it around for the better to begin this week's event. His putting still isn't where it needs to be, but Woods has been hitting some fantastic iron shots this week, ranking first in the field in greens in regulation. If he can keep it up and start making a few more putts, Tiger could easily run away with it.
Jim Furyk shot a 68 and is two shots out of the lead at -4 overall, Luke Donald is at even par overall after shooting a 73, and Rory McIlroy missed his first cut on the PGA Tour this year after shooting a seven over 79 with 32 putts on the day.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade.
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