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Prior to the second round of The McGladrey Classic 2012, Bob Stevens and Mark Carnevale from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio describe the playing conditions for Round 2 from Sea Island Golf Club.
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Billy Horschel knows the rules of golf and knew he was entitled to relief. He had driven into a “burrowing animal hole” on the 17th hole. The rules provide for relief and with a free drop, Horschel was able to turn a potential bogey into a birdie. The rules of golf don’t always work against a player; sometimes they work in his favor.
Turf talk: John Mallinger is the California kid. He is from the San Diego area and seems to play well in his home state. He has several good finishes at Pebble Beach and is in contention this week. What’s the secret? Mallinger says he likes the turf in Northern California. It’s a firm surface that surrenders a healthy divot and it reminds him of the turf he grew up on in San Diego.
Green speed: It was a noticeably different golf course in the second round. Thursday’s rain had softened the greens, and no longer was there a giant bounce when golf balls landed. The greens were receptive in the morning and stayed that way throughout the round, so players quickly adjusted and became more aggressive with their approaches.
Putting: Nick O’Hern shot 62 in the opening round using just 23 putts and ranking fifth in strokes gained-putting on Thursday. He did not possess the same touch on Friday. O’Hern took 30 putts in shooting even par and was ranked 13th in SGP. There was nothing discernibly wrong with the strokes -- Nick rolled several balls right past the lip but the cup did not swallow.
Time off: Horschel had not played in a PGA TOUR event since before the FedExCup Playoffs began but it was time well spent. He hired a physical trainer for the first time since high school and is noticeably stronger. Horschel says he has gained swing speed thanks to increased fitness.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here .
For the second time this week, a player tied the course record at CordeValle. This time it was John Mallinger, who shot 62 Friday to take a four-shot lead at 14 under halfway through the Frys.com Open.
Mallinger, who has yet to make a bogey this week, made seven birdies and an eagle in the second round. He shot 30 on the back nine and took just 26 putts for a second straight day.
Billy Horschel and Jhonattan Vegas are tied for second at 10 under, while Nicolas Colsaerts is one of three players another stroke back.
Following a second-round 65, Billy Horschel reflects on his play in the 2012 Frys.com Open with Doug Bell from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Billy Horschel has played just once since missing the FedExCup Playoffs.
The time off helped. So did the decision to hire a trainer.
“I've gained a little bit more speed in my swing that I lost when I had my wrist surgery,” said Horschel, who shot a 65 Friday to enter the weekend 10 under and in contention at the Frys.com Open. “I feel fitter and more comfortable with myself.”
He also feels comfortable at CordeValle. Last year, he opened with a 65 there before finishing in a tie for seventh.
Horschel also finished seventh in his only start -- in Boise, on the Web.com Tour -- over the last two months.
Friday, he made seven birdies and just one bogey, closing in 31 with five of his birdies coming over the final seven holes.
“I feel like I've done everything you need to do to finally step into that winner's circle,” said Hoschel, who is using a trainer for the first time since high school. “Obviously a lot of golf still left to play. I can't do anything but go out there and try and play my own game.”