By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Michael Letzig doesn't have a lot of job security right now.
He finished 150th on the PGA TOUR money list last year so he ranks well down the totem pole in terms of eligibility for PGA TOUR events. More often than not, he's waiting for one of his peers to withdraw -- as was the case this week at The Greenbrier when he found himself as the second alternate.
Prior to coming to this toney West Virginia mountain retreat, Letzig had only played in eight tournaments -- and cashed just one check. But he's making the most of this opportunity after posting a 66 on Friday morning that left him two strokes off the lead.
Letzig made three birdies in his last six holes of the second round, finishing with a flourish by making an 8-foot putt at the par-3 18th to move to 5 under. He's made 11 birdies in the first 36 holes against four bogeys and one double bogey.
"I just prepare the same every week," Letzig said. "That is all I can really do. I'm just putting pretty good this week. I think the putter saved me. I've had plenty of chances (at birdie), so I'm not putting so much pressure on myself. When I do have chances, I feel like I got to make it. I'm getting plenty of looks at birdies."
Letzig admits that the uncertainty over his schedule can be a mental and physical drain. Finding a competitive rhythm can be a challenge, as well.
"So it's really hard to get used to doing and be comfortable," Letzig said. "This week, I mean, I think I (got in) Sunday night. I kind of knew I had a pretty good chance of getting in. Seems like four or five guys have been withdrawing every week, so I was actually able to prepare for this week like I would do."