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May 28 2010

9:32 PM

Ailing golfer feeling better

The swelling is still there but otherwise Brian Davis appeared none the worse for wear on Friday during the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

The Englishman, who had an abscess on his gum treated Thursday evening, didn't make a bogey in a round of 65 that kept him within a shot of Bryce Molder. His birdie putts came from 12, 6, 34, 11 and 10 feet as he used just 26 putts for the second straight day.

"I could have been 7 under after nine holes," Davis said. "I really hit it close. I had a lot of chances, made a couple. But this old golf course, if you can hit it in the right spots, you leave yourself a great putt at."

Davis said he hasn't slept very well since the abscess surfaced Wednesday night, but otherwise he's not particularly surprised to be playing so solidly.

"I've got three young kids, so this is just normal stress," Davis said. "One of them is usually in the doctor's office, or whatever is happening at home.  It's part and parcel of life for me at the moment."

Davis said the key on Friday was the second hole where he found the fairway bunker and came up short of the green in two, but was able to get up and down for par. He then hit a 3-wood to 10 feet on the par-3 fourth hole for a final birdie that kept his momentum going.

And just when was the last time he hit a 3-wood to a par 3 on the PGA TOUR? Well, Davis had his reasons on a par 3 that was playing to 245 yards on Friday.

"I carry a 2 iron.  I don't carry a rescue," Davis said. "I just couldn't carry up on the front. If it hits the front, it's going to kill it. So the only option to get it back there was to hit a high cut 3-wood.

"But again, like I said, once the course gets firm I won't be able to hit that shot because it bounced through the green.  So that's what I'm saying, if they firm it up a bit it's going to play tough." 

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