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April 5 2013

7:51 PM

Albers' second-round observations


Daniel Summerhays has been superb with the driver this week at TPC San Antonio. (Cohen/Getty Images)

By: Fred Albers, PGA TOUR.COM Correspondent

SAN ANTONIO – “The good end of the draw …” You hear PGA TOUR players say that every week and the draw was again a factor in San Antonio. Without a doubt, the players who went late on Thursday and early on Friday got the better of the tee times. The weather had warmed for the afternoon starters in the first round and it was beautiful all day long on Friday. Just because a player got the better end of the draw did not guarantee success. He still had to hit good shots, but it was a distinct advantage this week.

Observations:

Long Ball: Daniel Summerhays is not a large man. He stands 5-foot-8 and yet he showed another gear with his driver on Friday, averaging 301.5 yards per drive and finding 11 of 14 fairways. The ability to drive it long and straight has helped Summerhays hit an impressive 27 of 36 greens.

The BYU Graduate also had an impressive attitude when he putted his ball off the 5th green leading to bogey. Summerhays said, “You are going to hit some bad shots and get some bad breaks around here. It’s just part of the game.”

Grinding: You could understand if D.A. Points missed the cut this week. He was coming off a victory and looking ahead to Augusta. There were any number of excuses to be rationalized when Points was 4-over with six holes to play. The Shell Houston Open winner put his head down and played hard through the finish line picking up birdies at Nos. 4, 6 and 9 to finish 1-over for the first 36 holes.

Prickly: Retief Goosen had both pleasure and pain during the second round. He chipped in twice for birdies to put a smile on his face but limped to the finish line after driving wide left of the sixth fairway. Goosen had to venture into a patch of cacti to retrieve his ball. He made bogey on the hole and picked up several cactus needles in his trousers. The South African managed to par the final three holes despite the discomfort.

Divot: Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar hit their drives within two yards of each other on the 11th hole. As they approached the golf balls they could see one had a perfect lie, while the other was in a sand filled divot. The two never broke their conversation, neither had any facial expression. It was Kuchar’s ball that was in the sand divot, he missed the green but made a 10 foot par putt. It’s an experienced player that remains emotionally level while enduring good and bad breaks.

Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here: http://www.pgatour.com/radio.html

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