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August 20 2010

10:25 PM

Pep talk calms Rollins

As John Rollins noted, the early part of his round was "ugly" but that duckling turned into a swan as he played his final 11 holes in 7 under. The turnaround means that Rollins will enter the third round at 11 under and one shot off the lead held by Brandt Snedeker and Arjun Atwal.

john.rollins.interview Rollins played in the afternoon wave on Friday. So he was already behind the eight-ball when he teed off since Snedeker and Atwal had completed their rounds -- and two bogeys in his first five holes put him even farther back.

Not to mention, he broke his putter just before he teed off.

"It's tough, especially on a golf course where you know guys are shooting low numbers," Rollins said. "After shooting 6 under yesterday and you come out and I'm already 6 shots out of the lead before I even tee off, then I go out and I'm 2 over through like my first five holes. ... It's hard to sometimes stop and just be patient and tell yourself, you're okay, just settle down and I did that.

"I was a little frustrated at myself but I kind of had a little pep talk there on the par 5 on 15 and just told myself there's a lot of opportunities out here and just let it all come back to you.  It did.  Got a good round out of it."

The pep talk Rollins gave himself worked wonders. He birdied the 17th and 18th, then added two more at Nos. 1 and 2. The Virginian who now lives in Texas went on to shoot 30 on the front -- his second bogey-free nine of 5 under in 36 holes.

"I felt pretty good with the way I've been hitting ball," Rollins said. "So I think that was a big, big plus for me to slow down and be patient because I knew that my irons had been pretty good, my distance control has been pretty good so far. ...

“Just one of those things if you do that on the way this golf course is right now, if you get your distance control down on line, you're going to have a lot of close putts for birdie."  -- Helen Ross

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