Marino positioned for chance at first Tour victory


ORLANDO, Fla. – Steve Marino has had several chances at victory on the PGA Tour, including two this year. It’s not something that seems to bother the man whose name often pops up when people debate who the best players are on Tour without a victory.

It’s not something he likes, but it’s not something he’s overly concerned with. He's confident victory will come.

“Obviously I’ve dealt with a couple of disappointments,” Marino said. “I’ve been right in there probably four or five tournaments and haven’t been able to pull it off. But every single one of those experiences I felt like I’ve played pretty well.”

Marino, 31, has 20 top-10 finishes now in his fifth year on the PGA Tour. So far this year he tied for second at the Sony Open and he was in the hunt at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am but tried to make eagle on the last hole to force a playoff and ended up making triple bogey. Two years ago at the British Open Marino was in the lead but blew up over the weekend and finished well back.

Playing alongside tournament leader Spencer Levin, Marino nipped into the lead by shooting a second-round 67 to sit in a second-place tie, two shots behind Levin when his morning was was completed.

'Every time I put myself in a position like this gives me more confidence,' Marino said. 'I have the game to do what it takes. It's just a matter of time for me until I just keep doing the same things and finish one off.'