By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It wasn't the biggest turnaround in PGA TOUR history but even so it was pretty impressive.
Tim Herron improved 15 shots from the first round to the second when he tied the course record with a 61 at Sedgefield on Friday. It is the biggest swing between the first two rounds on TOUR this year, although, as a point of reference -- but not necessarily a record -- Michael Clark shot 81-62 at the 2004 FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Herron’s peers were impressed.
"That was a great round," noted Tim Clark, who had shot 62 on Thursday. "... I thought it played tougher than yesterday. I would not have seen that score today on the course the way the pins were set-up.
"That's an amazing round and obviously now with the wind blowing in the afternoon I don't think you'll see it like that this afternoon."
Herron had started the round next to last in the field of 156h after opening with a 76. At 3 under, he'll make the cut and the man who entered the week ranked 139th in the FedExCup will keep his Playoff hopes alive. He likely needs to finish 13th or better in order to move into the top 125 and make the field for The Barclays.
Herron had 34 putts in the first round -- and he thinks he had five three-putts from off the green so in a way, it actually was more. Herron went to the putting green with a long putter on Friday morning but ended up using the same one he'd used in the first round with much better results.
"I've been hitting it pretty good all year," said Herron, who ranks 157th in strokes-gained putting on TOUR this year. "I kind of zoned it in a little bit today and just kind of kept rolling and making putts."
Herron went out in 32 after making four birdies and a bogey. He missed a 10-footer on the ninth but got hot on the back nine, making birdie putts of 7, 2, 3, 24 and 4 feet, as well as a two-putt from 15 feet at the 15th hole.
"I missed a couple on the front," Herron said. "I missed about a 4-footer straight down the hill, maybe 5-footer and so I had a good chance at 59. You didn't know that on 9. I was just trying to make some putts and gain some kind of confidence.
“It's amazing this game can tease you. You want to like pack it in and shoot 61 and you don't know what to do."