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January 22 2011

12:29 AM

Chalmers takes amateur tip, runs with it

Sometimes the best advice comes from unexpected places.

On the practice green Friday morning, Greg Chalmers overheard a caddie say to one of the amateurs in the field to remember to get his hands further ahead while putting.

“I thought, yeah, that’s what I’m supposed to do,” Chalmers said. “I had a long off-season and I forgot a couple things.”

The result? Chalmers shot a bogey-free 65 at La Quinta that saw him take just 22 putts -- he one-putted the first seven greens -- on his way to seven birdies.

“I rolled the ball perfectly,” Chalmers said. “And the greens are perfect.”

Next up for Chalmers, who enters the weekend in third and one shot off the lead: SilverRock, which typically plays as the toughest of the courses in the rotation.

“Look, if you play great on any of them you can shoot low scores,” Chalmers said. “There's no question that SilverRock is a lot harder than Nicklaus or even out here, but at some point you’ve got to play there and I'm playing nicely at the moment. I just got to keep doing what I'm doing and if the putts go in you shoot low scores.” -- Brian Wacker

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