Robert Allenby entered the BMW Championship ranked 27th in FedExCup points. After his first seven holes in Friday's second round, Allenby was 4 over for his round and 5 over for the tournament -- and digging his own grave in terms of his Playoffs future.
"I looked at the board and it said I was coming about 64th or something," Allenby said. "I thought, that's not good. I don't want to go home."
So he did something about it. He birdied the par-4 eighth hole thanks to an approach shot that landed within seven feet of the pin. Then after five straight pars, he reeled off four consecutive birdies to salvage a 1-under 70. At even par for the tournament, Allenby was projected to remain inside the top 30 when he finished his round.
But he realizes that nothing will be guaranteed until the final putt drops Sunday.
"It's a long way to go, 36 holes, so I know what I've got to do and I know how I've got to play on the weekend," said Allenby, a four-time winner on TOUR who finished second at THE PLAYERS Championship this year.
He knows he needs to give himself more scoring chances on the weekend.
"My club selections kept coming up short and just putting myself in terrible position," Allenby said. "... My whole game is all there. It's just a matter of getting the mental side right."