October 22 2010
Ryuji Imada didn't know what to expect after opening with a 68 on Thursday, but he felt good about his game. Then, his putter reminded him how low he could score as long as the cup got in the way.
Imada drained putts from all corners of the greens on Friday, firing a career-low 62 at TPC Summerlin that gives him an excellent shot at taking the 36-hole lead into the weekend at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
The biggest shot of Imada's round? An eagle on the par-4 15th, which was playing only 296 yards on Friday. Imada went for the green but pushed his drive into the bunker. He sank the bunker shot to get to 8 under on the day.
"[I] caught a good lie, and it just went in," Imada said.
Imada, who hasn't won since the 2008 AT&T Classic, has found it tough to get win No. 2. After a $3 million year in 2008, the Japan native fell off the map in 2009. Forget top-10s -- his best finish was a tie for 14th at the Memorial Tournament.
The 2010 has been better -- somewhat. Imada battled rib injuries during mid-season, but is finally healthy. After missing two cuts to start the Fall Series, Imada challenged for the win last week at the Frys.com Open before finishing sixth.
"You know, I've been working hard to get my second PGA TOUR victory, and you know, you never know when that next chance comes around," Imada said. "And this looks like it, so I'm going to give it my best shot.
"It's always a lot of fun when you have a chance to win on the PGA TOUR. And you know, I'm in that position right now, so hopefully I can keep that up the next two days."