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    Palmer taking advantage of spot at East Lake

  • Ryan Palmer shot a 3-under 67 on Friday and enters the weekend four shots behind leader Billy Horschel. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Ryan Palmer shot a 3-under 67 on Friday and enters the weekend four shots behind leader Billy Horschel. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

ATLANTA -- Ryan Palmer had just staked his approach to a mere 18 inches at the eighth hole on a steamy Friday afternoon at East Lake. He was playing with Sergio Garcia, and the Spaniard was suitably impressed.

"He kind of joked with me, told me he was glad I wasn't on the Ryder Cup team, which was a pretty good compliment I thought from Sergio," Palmer said.

"Tom Watson picked his best team, and they're going to go over and play great. I hope they go over there and tear them up. I wish them the best, and we'll give it a shot next time."

He didn't get the call from the U.S. captain, but the Texan continues to make play well -- firing a 67 on Friday during the second round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola that left him in a tie for fifth at 4 under, four strokes behind Billy Horschel.


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A week ago at the BMW Championship, Palmer tied for fourth and moved from 37th to 23th in the FedExCup, making the field at East Lake for just the second time in his career. He had opened with a sizzling 63 two weeks ago at TPC Boston, too, and ended up tying for 16th at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

"It's been fun being in contention during these Playoffs, grinding out four weeks in a row, and I'm out there in position to have a good weekend," said Palmer, a three-time PGA TOUR champ who has a pair of runner-up finishes this year.

While other players have been talking about how tired they are this week, Palmer thinks his good play has kept him fresh as he plays his fourth tournament in a row.

"I'm excited where my game is at," Palmer said. "I'm not worn out yet, not tired yet, but I'm having a lot of fun. Getting here was a big goal, and now that I'm here, I want to take advantage of it. Who knows; if I was to pull this out, you never know what I can continue to do. We'll give it our best and see what happens."

And as for this weekend?

"We'll grind it out two more days and then pass out Sunday night," he said.

Ryan Palmer’s brilliant approach sets up birdie at TOUR Championship
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    Ryan Palmer’s brilliant approach sets up birdie at TOUR Championship

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