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February 6 2011

8:01 PM

Lickliter likes fast turnaround

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Frank Lickliter II was more than happy to keep playing.

Not only did he have momentum after polishing off a bogey-free 65 when play resumed on Sunday, Lickliter also knew he would finish his fourth round in time to settle down in front the nearest TV set. 

"It's going to be a very nice afternoon," said Lickliter, who planned to spend the 30-minute turnaround grabbing a new glove and hitting some balls. "I'm looking forward to getting done and watching the Super Bowl."

First things first, though. Lickliter's 65 propelled him to 12 under, which put him four  shots off the lead when he signed his scorecard. Not bad for a man who had to survive a six-man playoff for one of the three Monday qualifying spots.

"I'm hitting it pretty solid and I'm definitely making some putts," said Lickliter, whose last PGA TOUR win came at the 2003 Chrysler Classic of Tucson. "The speed's been pretty good and I've made some nice 20-30 footers."

Due to the quick turnaround, the pairings remained the same for the fourth round. So Lickliter will play again with Rory Sabbatini and Pat Perez, both of whom matched his six birdies and are known to get on hot streaks.

"Yesterday that definitely happened," said Lickliter, who was low man in his group with Andres Romero and Chris DiMarco, shooting 64 in the second round. "Andres started making some birdies and picked everybody up. We just kept making birdies.

"And then, Pat's one of those guys that can make 16 birdies in 18 holes. It's always fun to play with him. Rory's the same way -- he makes a ton of birdies -- and I've kind of been the same way. Fun group."

Another low round on Sunday afternoon, and Lickliter might need to stay around until Monday to see what happens with the leaders. He would be the first Monday qualifier to win a PGA TOUR event since Arjun Atwal at last year's Wyndham Championship.

"We'll see. We'll see," Lickliter said with a smile. "I get to watch the Super Bowl no matter what those guys do." -- Helen Ross

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