April 23 2011
By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Despite dumping his approach shot in the water at the final hole on Saturday, Chris DiMarco left the course with plenty of positive vibes. The veteran posted a 3-under 68, which gave him back-to-back rounds in the 60s for the first time since the Bob Hope Classic in January.
“For me, that’s as good as I’ve hit it for 36 holes, other than one shot,” DiMarco said. “I’ve been consistent and I’ve hit a lot of fairways as greens.”
DiMarco made the turn at 4-under 32 and added another birdie at No. 14, his third birdie on a par 3. He hit a nice tee shot but pulled his approach into the water and had to take a drop and wound up with a double bogey.
“I just pulled it a little,” he said.
DiMarco hit 14 greens in regulation on Saturday and found 11 of 14 fairways. He’s hit 38 of 54 greens for the week with seven of those misses coming in the first round.
DiMarco has played 11 events, but he made the cut only three times. His best finishes were a tie for 11 th at the Puerto Rico Open and a tie for 21 st at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
“I didn’t hit it too good on Thursday (he shot 73), but I found something on Friday,” he said. “It was a little groove in my swing.”
DiMarco is hopeful the patch will hold up through Sunday and lead to a stronger second half.
“It’s only going to get better,” he said.