Lizette Salas walked off the golf course at Travis Pointe on Friday after her second round and headed right to the practice area.
No, she didn’t have a bad day or hit some awful shots she needed to work on. No, her scorecard wasn’t filled with bogeys and missed opportunities. And no, she didn’t have anything else better to do because she missed the cut.
Salas finished her day at the Volvik Championships as far away from missing the cut as possible after her second-round 65 put her in second place with a two-day score of 7-under-par 135.
After bogeying the first hole on Friday, the California native went on an impressive run. She birdied five holes on the front nine, including the last four. Three more birdies on the back nine put her firmly near the top of the leaderboard.
Still, there is room for improvement, even for a player closing in on $3 million in career earnings with 16 top-10 finishes.
“I like to remind myself of what my good swing thoughts were out on the golf course,” she said, after finishing up a bucket of balls on the driving range. “I went right to the putting green after my round because I saw a tendency in the short putts that I wanted to fix. So I just checked my alignment and made sure I was striking the center of the ball and go over the fundamentals.”
Salas is one of those golfers who doesn’t necessarily hit it long (she’s 140th on the tour in driving distance at 236.53 yards) but hits it straight (she’s third on the tour in driving accuracy at 86.13 percent). She’s also 14th on the tour in birdies with 131 – and Friday’s round certainly boosted her ranking in that category.
The Southern California graduate is always improving and always working on her game – the two certainly go hand in hand on the LPGA Tour. Improving is a process no matter how well you strike the ball inside the ropes.
“After a round I will look over my stats and look at how many fairways I hit and how many greens,” she says. “I hit a lot of fairways today and that’s why I only hit two drivers.”
Those were the highlights.
“I missed a few short putts for birdie so I wanted to double check what was going on,” she said. “I’m all fixed and ready to go for tomorrow.”
Someone who is now “fixed” after shooting a 65 might not be good news for the rest of the field.