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July 1 2011

9:54 PM

Putting the difference for Leonard

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Justin Leonard trails by just two heading into the weekend at Aronimink.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Since the Memorial tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance Justin Leonard has been working with putting guru Marius Filmalter. The work appears to be paying some dividends.

Friday Leonard shot a 3-under 67 to move within two of the lead. He’s also eighth in the field in putting this week.

“I’m just trying to get connected again,” Leonard said. “My stroke had gotten a little loose. And kind of doing too much with the hands and arms and getting the stroke back in the shoulders, and it feels really good.”

The result has been, too. This is the first time Leonard, who has just one top-10 the last two years, has been tied for second or better since last year’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, where he was tied for second after the first two rounds.

“Being able to make a few putts, it takes the pressure off everything else,” Leonard said. “It creates an ease out there on the golf course that I haven't played with in a while, and it's been very nice.

“It'll be nice teeing off late on a Saturday. It's been a while. So looking forward to seeing what I can do this weekend.”

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