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The Tour Report

March 22 2013

10:00 AM

Huh finally settling into second year

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ORLANDO, Fla. -- With four missed cuts in his last five starts prior to this week, John Huh needless to say didn't get off to the kind of start he was hoping for.

Last season's Rookie of the Year might be turning the corner, however. He opened with a 67 Thursday at Bay Hill and began the second round within two of the lead.

"I think it's a little advantage of having played here last year," Huh said. "Hopefully I can take advantage of that."

Huh also seems to be settling into his new equipment -- he switched to TaylorMade in the offseason.

"It was a little hard for me," Huh said of the change. "I changed pretty much every club in my bag except the utility club."

Huh had planned to visit Augusta National earlier this week in preparation for his first Masters but instead turned up at Bay Hill to work on his putting.

Among his equipment changes was a decision to go back to a center-shafted putter, which he used last year.

He didn't even need the putter on a couple of occasions Thursday, twice chipping in.

"My short game was pretty good," he said.

So is the rest of his game, thanks also in part to a pep talk he had with his father.

"He said to just go out and just have some fun," Huh said. "Play smart and play conservative."