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June 6 2010

5:26 PM

'This body is a temple'

Tim Petrovic must feel like the forgotten man this week, and for good reason.

He's 43 years old. He hasn't won in five years. He doesn't wear loud colors, unless you count the orange-ish shirt he wore Saturday. He also missed the first six cuts of the year.

So why is he threatening to ruin Rickie Fowler's coronation at Muirfield Village?

For one, he found something during the Texas swing, when he was sixth at the Valero Texas Open. He also closed with a 65 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. It was easily his best score on Sunday this season.

Second, Petrovic is a funny guy -- "This 43-year-old body is a temple," he joked on Saturday.

In all seriousness, Petrovic was concerned about the pace Fowler has set. Not with birdies or eagles, but with his tempo and playing style. Fowler plays very quickly, and it can take some getting used to. The final round is the second day in a row Petrovic has played with Fowler.

"I think Byron Nelson said it one time," Petrovic said. "He played with quick guys, and sometimes the crowd would even walk fast, and you just had to walk at your own pace. You start running with the crowd. Then you speed up. And then everything speeds up, and it throws you off a little bit."

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