Charl Schwartzel has turned a poor hole into a spur to a better performance often enough on the Sunshine Tour to make what he did after the turn in round two of the Deutsche Bank Championship not too much of a surprise.
He turned a double-bogey on its head with an immediate ace in the 2009 Joburg Open in the third round, and, after he made a sloppy bogey on the par-five 18th ahead of his turn on the TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts, he channelled his anger into a blazing stretch, vaulting him into a share of the halfway lead with Bubba Watson and Adam Scott.
And he used driver off the first tee after the turn, instead of his usual five-wood, and then hit a wedge from 67 yards to seven feet for the first of what would become six birdies in a seven-hole stretch.
ÂI was, to say the least, fairly upset,Â Schwartzel said. ÂItÂs sometimes very crucial to come back straightaway, otherwise your round can get away from you. The birdie on the first just got me going in the right mindset again.Â
The mindset was reflected in the golf: ÂI hit a great tee shot down two, and all of a sudden, I felt like, wow, I can do this again.Â
Schwartzel knows enough about the FedExCup Â this is the second of four playoff events Â that he could miss the opening tournament last week and still win the $10-million prize. ThatÂs what Tiger Woods did in 2007 and what Jim Furyk did last year, although the Furyk had a faulty alarm clock to blame as he missed his tee-time in the opening tournament.
He has a tough schedule for the rest of the year, so Schwartzel decided he needed some rest back in South Africa, and, as a result, his first playoff event is going far better than expected.
ÂMaybe itÂs an omen,Â he said.
Behind him, Ernie Els kept himself in the hunt for a spot in the top 70 of the FedExCup who will play in the BMW Championship in two weeks as he carded a 65 and moved to seven-under for the tournament, three off the lead in a share of sixth place.
Rory Sabbatini made the cut with his four-over-par 75, and his position in the top 70 is not under threat.
But Trevor ImmelmanÂs FedExCup race was run with his withdrawal after the first round.