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July 23 2010

10:06 PM

Delahoussaye avoids big letdown

After shooting an 8-under 62 in Thursday's opening round, rookie Brent Delahoussaye knew it was unlikely he could keep up that kind of pace on Friday.

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After posting a 1-under 69 to give him a 36-hole total of 9 under and the clubhouse lead, Delahoussaye certainly wasn't complaining.

"It's tough to follow up an 8-under par round," he said. "So I figured anything under par today would be great for me, so I'm pleased for the round."

Delahoussaye, a Q-school graduate making his 14th career PGA TOUR start, has not won a golf event since 2006 on the Hooters Tour. Even though he tried not to look at the leaderboard on Friday, he couldn't help sneaking a glance every now and then.

He said he lost his focus on the par-4 14th when he made one of his three bogeys on the day after a "terrible shot." But he bounced back on the next hole with a birdie.

"I saw a few-shot lead, and the camera started coming around," he said. "And like I said, obviously from my scores early on this year, I haven't had cameras coming around ever.

"So I just started thinking about that, and then I made a bogey. But other than that, I played pretty well and kind of stayed out of my own way today."

Asked Friday how he and some of the younger players this week were able to find some low numbers while veteran players such as Mike Weir and Paul Casey failed to make the cut, Delahoussaye could only shrug.

"I don't have the answer," he said. "... You never know. Some guys play well some weeks and other guys you see miss the cut, you're thinking how did they miss the cut?

"But it's just how golf is. You don't play good every week, and when it's your week, it might just be your week. You never know."

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