Second-Round News and Notes


IRVING, Texas -- Jeff Maggert, who has played on three Ryder Cup teams and one Presidents Cup squad, has junked the swing that he had throughout those years and is building a new one.
He said he has worked on the new version since winter. He was taking the club inside on the takeaway and he wanted to get it more down-the-line.
I felt like in 2001 I really started to get inconsistent with my irons, and even my driver wasnt as good as what I was used to hitting, he said. I really think that the cause of that, just getting the club a little bit too far inside on my backswing.
The swing change has started to feel better the last six weeks, said Maggert, particularly last week at New Orleans when he started with three under-par rounds before fading with a 76 on Sunday.

Practice Doesn't Make Perfect
Paul Stankowski has taken a sharp nosedive since the days of 1996 and 97, when he finished 52nd and 21st, respectively, in the money race. The problem, he believes, is that he began spending too much time on the golf course.
Back when I was playing well, when I was winning, I never practiced, he said. So I thought maybe if I practiced a little bit more, I will win more. And it went backwards.
Had a few minor injuries, nothing major. I started trying too hard, trying to win, on Thursday. And I think the last couple of years just going back to playing ' just playing golf, being patient in spots and not trying to force the issue, has helped.
Stankowski has played his way into a tie for second at the Byron Nelson at 8-under-par.

Changes in Lattitude, Changes in Attitude
Stormy weather caused the field to tee off one hour late. It also convinced the officials to play under lift-clean-and-place rules, which Jim Carter thought was a wise move.
The fairways werent that bad, said Carter. Your ball was keeping a little bit of mud on it. They were a little wet, but they really werent that bad for as much rain as we had last night.
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