August 19 2010
John Rollins must be doing something right. After all, he has eight top-25 finishes this year and he's ranked 79th in the FedExCup.
Rollins' putter -- which he calls his "Achilles heel" -- hasn't been very cooperative, though. He ranks 160th in putting average and 151st in putts per round.
That's why he was so pleased to see some balls drop into the cup during the first round of the Wyndham Championship. Rollins made seven birdies on Thursday -- including five on the back nine as he closed with a 30 -- to grab the early lead with a 64.
Rollins didn't make the field for the PGA Championship last week. So he put in some extra work on his putting and it paid off with just 26 putts on Thursday.
The key was becoming less mechanical.
"I've been harping on myself so much about am I starting it on my line, does my stroke look good, what am I doing, whatever," Rollins said. "You kind of get away from the feel and you know what the ball is going to do on the greens.
"Now I've been really trying to focus on a point that I want the ball to enter the hole and kind of trace it back with a line, and it's almost like I'm just starting to see the ball rolling on the green better than I have."
Due to his standing in the FedExCup, Rollins doesn't have the same kind of pressure many of the players competing in Greensboro have. He's likely safe for the first two events -- but he wouldn't mind some breathing room.
"I'm obviously not worried about making it in the FedExCup but at the same time, it's an important tournament because a win this week, all of a sudden jumps you way higher in the FedExCup going into the start of it rather than being 79th like I am right now," Rollins said.
"I want to go as deep as I can and all the way into THE TOUR Championship and I know that the FedExCup, the points are much stronger so there's a lot of movement that can be made just in the first week alone, and I'm just trying to get my game ready for that.
"(So) yeah, the pressure is off as far as making that but, at the same time, the pressure is still on to win and to get up as high as we can." – Helen Ross