February 22 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- Fredrik Jacobson spent Thursday night practicing his putting in his hotel room. It lasted two hours. Maybe three.
The practice is paying off.
The 12th-seeded Jacobson posted another solid round to knock off 13th-seeded Marcus Fraser of Australia, 4 and 3, in the second round.
Jacobson reached the third round for the second time in four starts here. The last time he advanced this far, he lost to Tiger Woods. But now Woods is out and Jacobson is still alive and riding momentum of some good play recently.
"Every match is tough out there," Jacobson said. "You're just happy to sneak by and try to get through one at a time. But really excited to be in the third round."
Jacobson won the first two holes, including a birdie at the par-5 second. He stumbled with a bogey at the fourth, but won the next hole when Fraser bogeyed.
The Swede went 3 up with a birdie at the par-5 eighth. He bogeyed the 13th but posted consecutive birdies on the final two holes to close out the match.
Fraser failed to birdie a single hole Friday.
SCORECARD STATS: Jacobson carded four birdies and two bogeys. Fraser carded no birdies and two bogeys.
HOLES WON: Jacobson won six holes. Fraser won two holes.
NEXT OPPONENT: Jacobson plays Robert Garrigus in the third round of the Hogan bracket.