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July 8 2011

8:30 PM

Marino staying aggressive

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Steve Marino is 12 under through 36 holes of the John Deere Classic.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

Steve Marino’s career as a bridesmaid has been well-documented -- 134 career starts, 21 top-10s, including four runner-up finishes, no wins. After a 66 Friday, Marino is in contention yet again.

Through 36 holes, he is 12 under and near the lead at the John Deere Classic. He also knows however that there’s a long, long way to go and that he’ll need to continue to be aggressive.

“I think the only mindset you can have here is just to go out there and try to make as many birdies as you can because you know that's what everybody else is going to be doing,” Marino said. “So I'm going to keep the same mindset, just kind of pedal to the metal and try to make as many birdies as I possibly can.”

Through two rounds, Marino has made 13 of them, including four on Friday -- plus an eagle.

One of the big reasons he’s again in contention? Putting -- Marino is sixth in the field.

This also marks the third time this year Marino has had a chance at getting his first career win -- the other two were at Pebble Beach and Bay Hill.

“I think that on any given week if I play well, that I'm going to have a chance to win on Sunday,” Marino said. “I think that I'm definitely playing well enough to do it, and there's no reason why I can't see myself doing it.”

No he just has to actually go out and do it. He’ll certainly have a chance this weekend.

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