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June 11 2011

10:35 PM

Time off helps Frazar heal, contend

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Harrison Frazar moved into second with a 64 Saturday at TPC Southwind.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

By his own account, Harrison Frazar had been overthinking. The result was some less-than-stellar golf for the veteran, including missed cuts in five of his last six starts.

Then he went out and shot 64 on the back end of a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier in 105-degree heat at Dallas Athletic Club earlier this week to earn a spot in the field at Congressional.

“I came in here feeling real close,” Frazar said after a 64 Saturday that has him one shot out of the lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. “[That] showed me that if I would just relax and quit thinking about things too hard, there's some pretty good stuff underneath there.”

There was a lot of good stuff in the third round from TPC Southwind, where Frazar closed with three birdies over his last four holes.

Frazar’s road to this point has not only been long, it’s been littered with injury.

Last year, he had surgery on his left hip after not being able to get his weight to the left side of his body in his swing the last few years -- and you might remember he shot 59 at 2008 q-school.

Frazar felt better after the surgery but there was still some scar tissue -- physically and mentally, he says -- in getting to the left side. So when he missed the cut in New Orleans earlier this year, Frazar went home and out to the driving range, where took 600 balls and told himself he was going to get on his left side even “if my body breaks.”

Well, Frazar ended hurting himself and needed to skip the Wells Fargo Championship.

The upside to it all was that Frazar ended up with three weeks off because he wasn’t in the field for THE PLAYERS Championship or the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial either.

“I was able to get my body feeling right,” Frazar said. “I was able to have good focus sessions with my coach and by myself getting to my left side and learning how to trust that.”

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