May 28 2010
Jason Bohn still can't hear out of his left ear -- and his equilibrium is a tad out of kilter. But he's still has what it takes to go low at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Bohn fired a 65 on Friday that included a birdie on his final hole that lifted him into sole possession of second place at 12 under. Bohn, who is trying to win for the second time this season, trails Bryce Molder by one stroke.
Bohn has done a little bit of everything well over the first two rounds, too. He's tied for second in fairways hit (23 of 28), sixth in greens in regulation (29 of 36) and 11th in putting with a total of 54.
"I don't overpower golf courses, so I have to stick to my game plan and position my golf ball," Bohn said. "And this is a golf course that suits that. When you are striking the golf ball well you can play this golf course from position. You don't have to hit it very far, you just have to hit it in play.
"Since I won a month ago, I kind of have some confidence. I've got the luxury to fire at flagsticks. I'm going to play as aggressively, as intelligently aggressively, as I possibly can."
Bohn said he slept much better on Thursday night. He had been awoken in the wee hours before his first round with sharp, shooting pains in his left ear. While the antibiotics appear to have kicked in, though, Bohn had some issues with his balance on Friday.
"I didn't have a lot of pain," Bohn said. "Actually, today my equilibrium got worse. I noticed going up and down, standing up and down, that I got dizzy a few times. I don't know whether it was my ear or the heat or a combination of both.
"I kind of had to slow it down a little bit out there. I was really cautious. I actually had to stand over my putts probably a second or two longer than I normally would to feel that I was settled over the putt."
Bohn said his win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last month was a confidence-builder. Now he's trying to attain another goal – a berth in THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, which is the finale of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, in his hometown of Atlanta. He currently ranks 18th in the standings.
"I've got a full schedule the rest of the summer," Bohn said. "I'm going to play a lot of golf and I'm going to play really hard to try to position myself to go in the FedExCup and try to get in THE TOUR Championship. That tournament I've never been able to play in my career and it's something I really want to accomplish."