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The Tour Report

August 31 2012

12:59 PM

Points makes positive start with 68

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- D.A. Points has played 10 tournaments and missed seven cuts since he lost in a playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship back in May.

The Greenbrier Resort That seventh missed cut, which came Sunday at The Barclays, was costly, too, as Points dropped from 50th to 72nd in the FedExCup standings.

That's why the 68 he shot Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship was so satisfying. Points is in contention at 3 under and projected to make a positive move in the FedExCup Playoffs where only the top 70 move on to next week's BMW Championship.

"I'm happy because I haven't played worth a darn in a while," Points said. "But I left some out there.  My opening nine, which I started on the back nine, I hit it really good and had some really good opportunities and shot 3 under, but it was really a 5-  or 6-under nine with making some putts.
"And then the second nine I struggled a little bit but hung in there.  You know, it's a fine start."

Points said he hadn't looked at the FedExCup  projections and consequently didn't have any idea where he needed to finish to advance.

"I know if I play well, it'll take care of itself," Points said. "My first and foremost goal is to just get it under par each day and hopefully make the cut and then go from there.  But if I keep playing like I did today, I will be fine."