Advice lifts de Jonge


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Count Brendon de Jonge among those impressed with Rory McIlroy’s closing 62 at the Quail Hollow Championship because he thought his final-round 66 would likely hold up as the round of the day.

Instead it left de Jonge alone in fourth place and secured his status for 2011 on the PGA Tour. For de Jonge his solid play started at the Honda Classic with some advice from good friend Nick Price who wanted him to try a belly putter.

De Jonge didn’t put the long putter in play, but he did start practicing with it, which helped him keep his head square over the ball. Since then he’s finished T-9 (Honda), T-3 (Puerto Rico) and a solid fourth at Quail Hollow.

“I’m just feeling comfortable out there,” said de Jonge, who lives about 20 minutes from Quail Hollow.