John Rollins started slowly on Friday but he played his final 10 holes in 4 under to make a big move up the leaderboard. He shot 69 and stands 7 under at the midway point of THE PLAYERS, five strokes off Lee Westwood's lead.
Rollins was 1 over when he came to the par-5 ninth where he rolled in a 17-footer for birdie that "sparked" him entering the back nine. He made four more birdies on the back from 32, 6, 29 and 23 feet before stumbling at the 17th where he three-putted from 12 feet.
"I thought I hit a good first putt," Rollins said. "I didn't think I hit it that hard and it kind of trickled maybe two-and-a-half or three feet by. I had a little out-of-body experience there -- just pushed it out to the right and lipped out and made a careless 4.
“All in all, I played well, rolled the ball well, so in position for the weekend."
Rollins, who has been working hard on his putting with Pat O'Brien this year, took 26 on Friday and 27 in the first round. He said the greens were definitely faster on Friday which was the TPC Sawgrass' "defense”
"A guy gets a little careless and the balls are rolling out and the next thing you know you're left with four- four-and-a-half footers for par," Rollins explained. – Helen Ross