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Tour Report: Round 2 observations

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By Fred Albers, PGA TOUR.COM Correspondent

NORTON, Mass. — Tiger Woods said he found something on the 15th hole. He made an adjustment in alignment while putting that has him feeling very confident going into the third round. Woods repeatedly hit the ball to within 15 feet of the cup but was frustrated making just five birdies. He took 30 putts in the second round and ranks 16th this week in strokes gained-putting.

Engaged: Phil Mickelson has an active mind and at times he needs something to engage him. He found it with the “brush stroke.” Mickelson employed a claw grip last weekend at The Barclays and has continued to use it this week. You can see excitement in his face and the confidence growing round by round. Mickelson has taken 27 and 29 putts over the first two days .

Bad break: Seung-Yul Noh hit a bad tee shot at the 221-yard eighth hole but it did not deserve the fate it received. The ball lodged in the lip of the greenside bunker, a fried egg lie with an impossible stance. Noh gouged it out of the bunker but the ball skated across the green and he eventually made double bogey.

Tough stretch: The meat of the golf course starts at the 11th hole, a long par 3 followed by a trio of difficult par 4s. They are difficult — unless you are Ryan Moore. He birdied Nos. 12, 13 and 14 then added an eagle on the 18th.

Wake up: Charl Schwartzel got off to a great start, making four birdies in a row beginning on the second hole. Then the South African took a nap. Schwartzel says he just kind of floated through the course until facing a very difficult chip on the 14th hole. He knocked the shot to within inches of the cup and that revived the round. Schwartzel followed with birdies at Nos. 15 and 17 to shoot 65.

Near albatross: D.A. Points knew he had to hit a hybrid into the 18th green; he just did not know which one to hit. From 230 yards, Points hit the 18-degree hybrid and it came off perfectly. Points watched as the ball soared toward the stick and thoughts of a double eagle went through his head. The ball just cleared the hazard fronting the green, got a great bounce and rolled toward the cup stopping 18 inches away. Points converted the eagle putt but admitted he was hoping for his first ever albatross.

Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.


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