Forget about all the belly putters, pendulum timing techniques and mental mumbo-jumbo that goes into the psychology of putting. Suzann Pettersen has a simpler way to go about it.
Just close your eyes and pray.
After posting a 2-under 69 to move to 5-under 137 for the tournament at the midway point, just two shots behind leader Ariya Jutanugarn, Pettersen revealed she's putted in competition off-and-on since 2007 with her eyes closed.
Unconventional? Sure, but it works for her.
"I feel very comfortable with it … what can I say? I feel freer when I close my eyes," Pettersen said. "Once I close my eyes, I just have to trust what I've seen and trust the feel and the speed and start praying."
"I tell you, the hardest things are the really short ones," Pettersen said. "You just expect to go over and take the ball out of the hole. Well, for me, it's a very calming feel.
"It's automatic. It's not like you look, 'How hard do I have to hit it?' If you have a piece of paper, and you toss it at the bin, you don't think how hard. It's just a natural motion."
Inkster denied access
Sophie Gustafson tweeted Friday morning that Juli Inkster, a 30-year veteran of the Tour, was denied access to the locker room.
"Funniest thing I heard this morning? @JuliInkster not being allowed into the locker room. 'No badge, no entry,'" Gustafson tweeted.
Inkster, who finished at 4-under, said with a smile that she left her badge in the car and "I wasn't going to back to the car for it."
She finished Friday at 4-under, making the cut for the first time in four tournaments. A tie for 18th at the Founders Cup is her only top-40 finish this season.
She played in six events in 2012 because of surgery on her right elbow, including the September stop at Kingsmill where she missed the cut.
Inkster has had varying success in Hampton Roads tournaments. She has four top-15 finishes at Kingsmill. Inkster won the 1988 and '89 Crestar Classics, the first at Sleepy Hole in Suffolk, in a four-way playoff with Nancy Lopez, Betsy King and Rosie Jones. Her '89 win was at Greenbrier Country Club in Chesapeake.
"It's not a job," Inkster said of golf, then stopped. "It's a job and I work hard at it, but I just play because I like to play."
Sushi in Richmond hit with Schreefel
Dewi Claire Schreefel says in her LPGA Tour Player Guide bio that her favorite meal is sushi from Umi Sushi in Richmond. She was introduced to it in 2009 by her host family when she made a stop in the state capital on the Symetra Tour.
"They have unbelievable sushi there, it's really fresh and the host just kind of splurges, he gets really good tuna," said Schreefel. "I love sushi and it's the best sushi I've had."
She made a point to visit on her way to Williamsburg for the week.