October 21 2011
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Derek Lamely has only made six cuts in 25 appearances on the PGA TOUR this year.
Half of those have come in his last six starts, though. Lamely is well on his way to another this week -- and he's putting himself in position to win for the second time, as well.
Lamely fired a 66 in the first round at the Children's Miracle Network Classic and he's moved to 8 under for the tournament with two holes remaining on Friday. He's tied for third, three strokes off the pace being set by Justin Leonard.
The 32-year-old, who went to Florida Gulf Coast University, isn't in danger of losing his card after winning in Puerto Rico as a rookie last year. But he's battled wrist, back and ankle problems this year and has just started feeling healthy again in the last two months or so.
On Monday at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Lamely met with his long-time swing coach. They made some adjustments, and the work appears to be paying off.
"My body feels good again, so it's easy to make the changes and stuff again," he said. "SO it's still not perfect, but it's significantly better -- obviously."
Small wonder then that Lamely said Thursday "(I) kind of wish it wasn't the last event of the year. But I still have next year and (it gives me a couple months to get things back to where I would really like them too be."