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May 21 2010

9:17 PM

Beckman flying on, off course

The last time Cameron Beckman played in the HP Byron Nelson Championship prior to this year was in 2007. He shot 80 in the first round and withdrew.

cameron.beckman.interview “Thanks for reminding me,” Beckman joked. “My back was bothering me both years and I remember the last time I was here, I did play poorly, but it's been a while ago and I'm looking forward to the weekend.”

Beckman has 61 reasons to look forward to the weekend after tying the course record earlier today, especially since then there hasn’t been much upward movement on the leaderboard from the afternoon wave.

While Beckman said he has no explanation as to why he’s had such a feast or famine year – one win, eight missed cuts in 11 events – he did say one of the big differences this week has been his hand alignment.

“I know that sounds simple but my alignment has been all over the place,” Beckman said. “My iron game hasn't been good and haven't driven it well either.”

Until this week, that is. Beckman is fifth in driving accuracy and fourth in greens in regulation in the field so far. Beckman has, however, been a little distracted. He’s apparently been learning to fly.

“I haven't been focused as much on golf,” Beckman said. “You have to be focusing all the time out here to be competitive, or you're going to get your butt kicked.” -- Brian Wacker

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