Ryan Palmer has benefited from a more selfish approach to the game this year, and he proved that on Friday as he charged into a tie for the lead in the second round of the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.
On another hot and blustery day at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, the American fired a three-under 67 to take joint control with Spaniard Sergio Garcia at eight-under 132.
Palmer, who was born in nearby Amarillo, made an ideal start when he birdied the par-four first.
Playing rock-steady golf from tee to green, he picked up further shots at the sixth, seventh and 11th before dropping his only stroke of the day at the par-four 15th.
“I drilled the ball great today,” the 34-year-old told reporters. “I’m not having that many long putts and that just shows how solid I’m hitting the golf ball.”
A three-times winner on the PGA Tour, Palmer believes his focus has improved significantly this season since he became more self-centered in his approach to the game.
“I have worried too much about everybody else, making sure they’re happy instead of taking care of myself,” he said. “I’ve gotten more selfish with all that.”
“This year at the Masters, I made my parents stay by themselves in their own hotel. I told them: ‘I’m sorry, but I’m going to be a little selfish,’” he said.
“I even told my wife that,” Palmer added, sparking laughter in the interview room. “And they understood.”
Palmer’s revamped strategy certainly worked at the Masters as he went on to tie for 10th at Augusta National, his best finish in nine major appearances.