Californian finds his putting touch at Bay Hill
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