The fine line on the PGA Tour between a missed cut and a healthy lead is often measured in days, not months. Consider Steve Marino who traded one California seaside gem for another this week and finds himself in a commanding lead.
Two weeks ago Marino struggled to rounds of 74-75 and missed the cut at Torrey Pines. Through two rounds at Pebble Beach this week he’s 13 under par (65-66) and four clear of the field. The difference says Marino’s manager is a better outlook, a better diet and fitness routine and a new putter.
According to Crown Sport’s Jimmy Johnston, Marino has lost about 20 pounds since last season thanks to a new fitness regimen with Sea Island Resort’s Randy Myers. Twice last year Marino had to withdraw from a tournament with back problems and he set out this offseason to drop some pounds and improve his flexibility.
He’s also started to enjoy the game again. That wasn’t the case last year. Of course, when you need just 25 and 26 putts for Rounds 1 and 2, respectively – a season’s best effort that coincides with Marino’s recent switch to a new Never Compromise “Gambler” heal-shafted putter – it’s easy to enjoy yourself.