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April 26 2013

8:44 PM

Albers' second-round obesrvations

By Fred Albers, PGA TOUR.COM Correspondent

AVONDALE, La. -- Lucas Glover has a trio of stats he can be proud of at the halfway mark of Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He leads the tournament with 16 birdies. He leads the tournament with 1.36 putts for every green in regulation and most importantly: he leads the tournament at 12 under.

It has not been a good year on the greens for Glover. He ranks 182nd in strokes gained-putting but when he’s hit a green this week, he has converted. A good number for Glover fans to remember on Saturday: He ranks T17 on TOUR in third-round scoring average at 69.5,

Observations:

Boom: Boo Weekley wanted a fast start to his second round and delivered. He holed a wedge from 105 yards at the 10th hole -- his opening hole -- to take the lead early on. Weekley said he was a little disappointed in that he did not see it go into the cup and did not believe he made eagle until he walked up and saw just two balls on the green. Weekley was 4 under until making bogeys at the sixth and eighth when he said he lost a little focus. Boo rallied for a birdie on the final hole and said he planned a long nap on Friday because he might have eaten too many “mudbugs” the previous evening.

Kid stuff: Guan Tianlang’s second round was remarkable. Consider how long the course played for him. Guan hit utility wood into the 179-yard ninth hole. Most players used 6-iron. That’s at least a two-club difference. Now factor his drive into the equation, which is some 25 yards shorter than average. That means he loses two clubs off the tee and two clubs on his approach. Every hole plays four clubs longer for the teenager and yet Guan qualified for the weekend. Remarkable.

Mudballs: TPC Louisiana received more than six inches of water in the last week and still the course is in fantastic shape. It drained well enough to play the ball down on Friday and golf balls started to release. There were some occasions where mud clung to the ball, making approaches a guessing game. Boo Weekley had a mud ball on his approach into the sixth green which helped lead to bogey.

Birdie boy: Bubba Watson did not play well on Thursday and bogeyed the opening hole of the second round to fall outside the top 100 in the tournament. He responded with eight birdies to shoot 63 and get back into contention at 6 under.  Watson made birdie on the par-3, 14th hole when he hit a 208-yard seven iron and followed that with a 21-foot putt. I don’t know what was more impressive: the 7-iron or the putt.

Aggressive: Morgan Hoffmann has not had a good year and yet he did not hesitate to go for the 18th green with his second shot from 263 yards. Hoffmann reasoned he had been hitting his 3-wood well and if he hit a bad shot into the water, he would still be able to save par with a chip and a putt. His 3-wood came up just short of the green, a chip and putt later, Hoffmann had posted a 69 to enter the weekend in fourth place. Fortune favors the brave. Hoffmann stands 9 under and can post his best ever PGA TOUR finish this weekend.

Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

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