The Tommy Biershenk who stands 10 under at the
midway point of the John Deere Classic doesn’t feel like the
same player who missed his last six cuts. The change? An attitude
adjustment that is paying big dividends at TPC Deere Run. The PGA
TOUR rookie posted consecutive 66s -- marking just the second time
he's shot back-to-back rounds in the 60s this year -- and Biershenk
was three strokes off the lead when he finished on Friday. The
Clemson grad's best finish this year is 50th at the Valero Texas
Open but he's put himself in position for a much better result this
week. "I told myself, Let's go out and have a little bit more fun,"
Biershenk said. "Certainly hitting it a little bit better and
giving myself more opportunities and putting good. Getting it up
and down when I miss the greens. The golf course is not that
hard. Hit the fairways and greens, there's a lot of birdies
out there. "My game is just better this week.
That's what the difference is, as opposed to weeks leading up into
here I was thinking too much and struggling a little bit. I've had
fun the last few days. I'm going into the weekend with the same
mindset. Going out to have a good time, have fun, and hit golf
shots." Biershenk admitted it's difficult not to press when the
results aren't there. He had an interesting round on Friday --
making just one par, two bogeys and eight birdies in his first 11
holes. A hot putter has been the key in the first two rounds, he
used 25 in Thursday’s 66 and 27 on Friday. "You have to
reminded yourself each week is an opportunity to change your life,"
Biershenk said. "I knew coming into this week I'd been struggling.
Just got to keep my head held high and stay confident. I knew
my game was going to come around eventually.
"I'm start to go feel the old Tommy. I'm starting to hit
shots where I'm lining up at and certainly making the putts I need
to make. Roundabout, my game is getting better and I'm staying
patient.... "Feel pretty good about my game. It's a good feeling to
finally put myself in contention instead of playing bad. ...
Certainly a whole more fun to be playing good."