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Watson's unwitting tip spurs Frost

May 29, 2010

PARKER, Colo -- Tom Watson gave David Frost a lesson Friday at the Senior PGA Championship and didn't even know it.

Frost, dismayed after a second-round 77 at Colorado GC, watched the Hall of Famer hit balls for 20 minutes. The South African has always fought a weak grip, and he noticed that Watson "has his left hand nice and strong on the golf club."

Playing with a stronger grip Saturday, Frost shot a course-record 65 to vault into contention at two-under, five strokes behind leader Fred Couples as the final pairing made the turn.

Frost's 12-shot turnaround was the same differential as he experienced in the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews, when he opened with a 77 then fired a second-round 65 en route to a T-15.

Always a fine putter, Frost needed only 24 putts Saturday while one-putting 11 greens. Six of his seven birdies were from 10 feet or closer.

"These things happen in majors where somebody comes out of the pack early in the day and gets in contention," Frost said. "More than likely guys don't shoot two low rounds on the weekend after making a big comeback on Saturday, but who knows? You just go out there and you have nothing to lose, just play my game. Maybe I can have the same attitude tomorow as what I had today."

*-- Bill Fields *