One of the biggest surprises so far in the 2012 season has been the play of Harrison Frazar, who has arguably hit the ball better than anyone else in the first two weeks of the year.
So good, in fact, that the Texan laments his putting, which he feels cost him a shot at winning Sunday at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
It's pretty heady stuff for Frazar, who has a pair of top-five finishes to open the year, including a disappointing back nine Sunday at Waialae, when he closed with eight frustrating pars and finished two shots back of Johnson Wagner.
Frazar parred the easy par-5 18th, missing a 7-footer that would have gotten him to 12 under.
"I played beautifully tee-to-green and I really left a bunch out there," said Frazar, who had 31 putts Sunday. "[I] hit some bad putts and then decent putts that I didn't read properly. But for the most part, they were poor putts, and I'm a little disappointed about it."
Frazar admits that he should be happy with two top-fives to open the year. His unexpected victory in the 2011 FedEx St. Jude Classic capped a time in which he considered whether to leave the game he'd played all his life. The victory put him in the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions for the first time, and he'd brought the whole family with him. In short, he wanted to make sure he made it back to Maui in 2013.
"You're always happy if you get two top fives to start the year, but I don't know really how to explain it, I'm just playing golf," Frazar said.
Frazar isn't letting up, either. He's entered in this week's Humana Challenge, where he tied for 54th last year.