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May 13 2011

4:26 PM

O’Meara’s putter fails to cooperate

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Mark O'Meara struggled with his putting Friday en route to a 2-over 74.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- After opening with a 6-under 66 Thursday, Mark O’Meara had a harsh reality check Friday, shooting a 74 that included five bogeys and just three birdies.

The difference? Putting.

O’Meara took 32 putts in the second round, compared to just 24 on Thursday.

“I played reasonably well but I made a couple of mistakes out there today and certainly didn’t make the putts I made [Thursday],” O’Meara said.

Some of those mistakes included putting off the green on No. 15 and a three-putt on the island green 17th hole.

“That’s not too good when you’re a pro and you’re on the green and you putt it off the green,” O’Meara said.

That said, he’ll easily make the cut and go to the weekend at 4 under.

“I’m proud of myself,” O’Meara said. “I hung in there today and 4 under through two rounds is good around this golf course.”

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