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July 5 2013

4:16 PM

Summerhays finds new approach

Daniel Summerhays is looking for his first PGA TOUR win.    (Greenwood/Getty Images)

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Daniel Summerhays was talking an awful lot like a famous sports psychologist on Friday after the second round of The Greenbrier Classic.

Summerhays had just shot a 67 that left him in a logjam at 8 under, battling for the lead in the popular third-year PGA TOUR event. The key to that solid start, he was saying, is learning not to be so hard on himself.

"I think I learned some things the last little bit, just try not to be as perfect," Summerhays said. "That's my personality and it hurts me. I mean, that's why I'm here, but that's what hurts me sometimes, trying to be too exact, too perfect. 

"Over the last couple days and on the weekend that's what I'm going to try and do is just pick my target, hit the shot, and live with the result. ... You can be too perfect out here and golf is not a game of perfect."

Dr. Bob Rotella -- who wrote the book of the same name -- couldn't have said it better.

Summerhays, who has missed his last three cuts on TOUR, didn't make a bogey on Friday. His putter has kept things going in the right direction -- Summerhays has only used 49 total, including 23 on Thursday when he made eight birdies and three bogeys.

A successful 12-footer for par on his second hole in the second round set the tone for the day. Birdie putts of 15 and 26 inches followed on Nos. 6 and 8, then he capped his scoring with an 8-footer at the 14th hole.

"Those easy birdies are always fun," Summerhays said. "I think the only difference from yesterday is I just didn't make as many putts, you know, but again, I'm giving myself some good chances and they'll start falling on the weekend."

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