HOFF­MAN

Cal­i­for­nian finds his putting touch at Bay Hill

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­AMI as hav­ing one of the best long games on tour.

“Year in and year out, ball­strik­ing is what I do well,” the four-time PGA Tour win­ner told Golf Chan­nel af­ter post­ing a 10un­der to­tal of 134.

“I’m driv­ing it in play but any time I get the put­ter go­ing I can play well.

“This year has been a below av­er­age putting year. I re­ally stum­bled onto some­thing this week and it feels great.”

Hoff­man holed two putts from out­side 30 feet among his seven birdies, but he was most proud of the 10-footer he sank at the last.

“Those 35-40 foot­ers are luck but if I keep mak­ing them in­side 10 feet I’m go­ing to be OK,” he said.

Grillo was not pleased with the qual­ity of his play de­spite a 68 putting him in sec­ond place on the leader­board.

“It was a very up-and-down day,” the World No 32 said. “I didn’t hit it good off the tee. I was very lucky to­day, made a cou­ple of chip-ins.”

Third-placed Fitz­patrick also used a sharp short game to stay on the leader­board with a 69.

“I scram­bled re­ally well,” he said. “That was a big thing, sav­ing par. Just re­ally com­fort­able with the put­ter right now.”

In the first stag­ing of the event since the Septem­ber death of Palmer, his grand­son Sam Saun­ders missed the cut by one stroke. Reuters

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