Notes Owen Rebounds Sabbatinis Wife Mocks Faldo

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Greg Owen had a pair of 3-foot putts on his final two holes Friday. He stood over both of them and thought the same thing.
 
'Oh, not again,' he said.
 
Owen's three-putt from the same distance on the 17th hole cost him a victory at Bay Hill last week and an invitation to the Masters.
 
Not surprisingly, the heartbreaking loss stuck with him for a while. He went to bed at 11 p.m. that night, woke up an hour later, took a walk, slept a couple of hours, got up for good at 4:30 a.m. and then decided to wash his car at daybreak.
 
He has rebounded nicely, though, at The Players Championship.
 
Owen overcame a double bogey on the first hole and shot a 4-under 68 in the second round Friday, leaving him 5 under for the tournament and three shots behind leader Jim Furyk.
 
Owen made both 3-footers Friday -- a good sign his flop at Bay Hill may have been a fluke.
 
'It still pops back, but I'm proud of myself to play well this week because it was tough last week,' he said. 'I knew I was playing well and I was hoping to keep up the same form, but you still wake up and you think of the worst things that happened.'
 
The memories may have been even more prevalent on the two finishing holes at the TPC at Sawgrass. He hit his tee shot inside 4 feet on the treacherous island green at No. 17 and calmly sank the putt. He made an even shorter par putt on the 18th.
 
He figured the crowds surrounding both popular holes were feeling just as anxious as he was standing over the putts.
 
'Settle down, knock it in the middle,' he told himself. 'And I hit two good shots.'
 
The Englishman was tied for seventh heading into the weekend. He needs to finish in the top 20 to have a chance at getting into the top 50 in the world rankings and earning a spot in the Masters.
 
He would have secured a spot last week with a victory. Whether he makes it now could depend on a few more 3-footers.
 
'I'm not trying to think about it,' he said. 'I mean, it's gone. I'm going to miss short putts. Everyone is going to miss short putts. I'm hopefully going to make more short ones and not even worry about the short ones.
 
'There will be times out there when the pressure gets going that I'm going to miss putts. I've done it plenty times before.'
 
KEEP UP!:
After watching her husband warned twice for slow play in the opening round, Amy Sabbatini created a T-shirt with the words' 'KEEP UP!' adhered to the front and wore it during the second round Friday.
 
It was a message for 'all the turtles out there,' she said.
 
But it was mostly directed at Rory Sabbatini's playing partner, Nick Faldo, notoriously one of the most deliberate players on tour.
 
'I'm tired of the PGA TOUR saying slow play has always been a problem and it's always going to be a problem,' she said. 'That's a B.S. excuse.'
 
Amy Sabbatini has pulled a similar stunt before. Two years ago, she wore a T-shirt displaying the words 'Stoopid Amerikan' at the World Cup in Spain after Paul Casey's anti-American comments following the Ryder Cup.
 
Rory Sabbatini supported her recent statement.
 
'There are some players who could certainly use some help with their pace of play,' said Sabbatini, who became so fed up with the slow play of Ben Crane at the Booz Allen Classic last year that he finished playing the 17th hole before Crane even reached the green.
 
The PGA TOUR implemented a new rule this year that allowed officials to start placing individuals on the clock instead of groups.
 
But Sabbatini, who missed the cut along with Faldo, said he believes the rule won't be enforced.
 
'If you put a sign on the highway saying there's a cop around the corner, it doesn't do a lot to slow down speeding,' he said.
 
As for Faldo, he said he didn't notice the wording on Amy's black T-shirt until the last couple of holes. Even then, he said he thought it had something to do with sexual dysfunction.
 
'It is very embarrassing for them to bring their sexual problems to the golf course,' Faldo quipped. 'Poor fellow, he has enough problems as it is without her announcing to the world.'
 
Faldo said Sabbatini 'lost his head' while complaining to officials after being warned and then placed on the clock Thursday.
 
'I just don't know what his problem is,' Faldo said.
 
FATHER-DAUGHTER:
Already irritated by a double bogey-bogey start to his second round, Brad Faxon had a tricky wedge into the par-4 12th. He had his club in hand, the shot in mind and was well into his routine when he was distracted by a voice from the gallery.
 
'Dad!'
 
Faxon turned and saw his 14-year-old daughter, Emily.
 
'Can I have some sunscreen,' she said.
 
Faxon got back over the shot, hit to 12 feet and made the birdie to turn around his game. And he sent the sunscreen to Emily through a marshal.
 
It was a wild day for Faxon, who made only one par in his first 12 holes -- three bogeys, a double bogey and seven birdies. He wound up with a 69 and was only three shots out of the lead.
 
PAIR OF ACES:
Jesper Parnevik and Justin Leonard each aced No. 13 in the second round Friday.
 
Parnevik's hole-in-one proved to be more helpful, though. He shot even par in each round and barely made the cut. Leonard missed the mark by one stroke.
 
Parnevik's ace was his second on the PGA TOUR and first since the 2002 BellSouth Classic. He used a 7-iron from 192 yards away.
 
Leonard used a 5-iron for his third career hole-in-one. He also had aces at the Memorial in 2000 and the Buick Open in 1996.
 
The holes-in-one were the 24th and 25th in Players history. Leonard's was the first since Jose Maria Olazabal also aced No. 13 in the second round in 2004.
 
DIVOTS:
Tiger Woods brought his 161-foot yacht, Privacy, to Ponte Vedra Beach where he is staying with his wife and caddie Steve Williams' fiance and 6-month-old boy. The only other time Woods took his yacht to a tournament was last month at Doral, where he was victorious. ... Adam Scott was scheduled to get a haircut Friday afternoon and get rid of the curly locks that hang below his hat. 'I'm pretty much ready to trim them,' he said after shooting 5-under 67 and moving into a tie for second place. 'Don't be surprised if I come out with shorter hair sometime soon here.' ... There were 16 birdies, 16 bogeys, eight double bogeys and three 'others' at the famed island green Friday.
 
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