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July 23 2010

10:45 PM

Sutherland: ‘Ridiculous’ length of putts

After awhile, it just got kind of silly for Kevin Sutherland. The hole became so big. He was making putts from all over the place. At the end, he didn't even have to know the distance of his putts. They simply just went in.

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"I made a putt on the last hole that I don't even know how far it was," Sutherland said. "70 feet, I'm guessing, 60 feet. I have no idea."

One thing he does know, however, is the final number on his scorecard Friday: 62. That ties the course record that Brent Delahoussaye set the previous day. It's also a career low for Sutherland.

"Momentum is a big part of this game," Sutherland said. "You do what I did and get off to 5 under after four holes, you start to feel really good about how you're playing, and that's what happened today.

"I started off playing with a lot of confidence and helped getting off to that start and just kind of rolled through the rest of the day."

And now he's just kind of rolled right into competition, sitting at 5 under through 36 holes and a chance to make some noise this weekend.

Sutherland said he didn't wake up Friday expecting to shoot 62. But with lift, clean and place rules in effect, low scores were certainly out there.

"The course is playing longer today than it did yesterday," he said. "But if you're playing well, that doesn't bother you. The greens are soft, and if you're hitting a 6-iron instead of an 8-iron, that's not that big of a deal.

"So if you get the ball in the fairway and you got some good iron shots, you're going to get a lot of good birdie putts."

That 70-footer on the 18th hole was his longest putt of the day, but he had several other lengthy ones, too.

"I made a ridiculous amount of putts from distance," he said. " I don't know what the number is. You know, the last hole was -- I wasn't actually on the green. I was on the fringe. I made 70 feet, I'm guessing. I made a 20-footer on the hole before for birdie from off the fringe.

"So right there was 90 feet. It's probably easy to find another 110 somewhere."

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