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August 30 2013

4:45 PM

Stadler has 'best round in years'

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. --The opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship had to feel like deja vu for Kevin Stadler.

A week ago, he opened with a 64 at The Barclays.

What did he shoot Friday at TPC Boston? You guessed it, only this one felt even better.

"It was the best round I had this year, in quite a few years, really," said Stadler, who is a stroke off the lead in the second FedExCup Playoffs event. "I kind of got in a groove with the putter. It was fun seeing the ball go in the hole."

Stadler hit 14 greens and took just 23 putts Friday, including 11 one-putts. He missed only one from inside 10 feet and made another five from outside that distance, including a 29-footer for birdie on No. 6 (his 15th hole of the day).

It was the first of four consecutive birdies to end the round for Stadler, who made a total of eight on the day.

"I wish I could say that's the norm, but it's the far from it," he said. "Usually (the putter) kind of holds me back. But it's been getting better."

Stadler came into the week 161st in strokes gained-putting, losing an average of .390 strokes per round to the field. Friday, he gained more than 4 strokes on it.

The turnaround couldn't have come at a better time, either.

Stadler came into the week 75th in the FedExCup standings. Only the top 70 after this week will advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks.

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