April 29 2011
Friday marked just the third time this season that John Rollins has posted consecutive rounds in the 60s. And he's been well-rewarded at the midway point of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, too, standing just two strokes off the lead held by Bubba Watson.
Rollins followed up a first-round 67 with a 69 on Friday that included four birdies, the last of which came courtesy of pin-point 6-iron from 172 yards that produced a 3-foot putt on his final hole.
"It's great to finish with a birdie," Rollins said. "I played good for two days. Happy with the way I've been hitting the ball and had a lot of opportunities. I just feel very comfortable with where I am."
Rollins is a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, the most recent coming at the 2009 Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. He's struggled putting four rounds together this year, though, and his best finish is a tie for 20th.
That’s why the week's strong start is so encouraging.
"I played good," Rollins acknowledged. "Three under par out here is a good score. The greens are pretty fast, getting faster. I don't want to say burn out, but they're drying up. It's down grain and it's hard to control shots into the green. The ball just kind of seems to want to release out. So it's tough to get close to some of the holes. But you can get some good scores if you're really sharp."
Rollins certainly has been. And as a result, he’s got a chance to turn the season around.
"I've hit the ball well and given myself a lot of opportunities,” he said. “So I've got to be very pleased with where I am and we'll see how the week works out."