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June 30 2011

8:19 PM

Leonard working with putting coach

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Justin Leonard’s season hasn’t exactly gone very well. He has just three top-25s and he’s missed the cut in seven of his last 10 starts.

That prompted Leonard, who works with Randy Smith, to also turn to Marius Filmalter for help with his putting. The two have worked together the last few weeks and again this week at Aronimink.

The result? An opening-round 2-under 68 to get Leonard near the lead.

”I've been working very hard and playing pretty well but just not getting the scores out of it,” Leonard said. “It was nice to get out there and make a couple birdies early and be comfortable out there shooting a good score.”

What Filmalter has been working with Leonard on is trying to shorten his putting stroke, which Leonard says had gotten long and loose.

”The main thing is gaining confidence and getting comfortable,” Leonard said. “I'm doing those two things.”

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