GREER — Competing in a professional tournament at your home course has its obvious advantages but there can be some added pressure in knowing there's no reason why you shouldn't play well.
After posting a 4-under 67 at Thornblade Club during the second round of the Nationwide Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am that has him tied for fifth, Riverside/Clemson product Brent Delahoussaye could take a nice, deep breath.
“I'm a little relieved,” the Greenville resident said. “But in the back of my mind I know I need two more good rounds of golf. I'm not just trying to play well, I'd like to win.”
After dinner Friday evening with some visiting friends and a good night's sleep in his own bed, Delahoussaye will attempt to make up his four-shot deficit at his second home course at Chanticleer where for a time he owned the course record of 62 that was broken by Clemson product Charles Warren when he shot 60 in October. Ironically the two are paired together for the first three rounds.
“You don't get a chance to play your home course in a tournament very often,” Delahoussaye said. “So to have two home courses and play a tournament on both is a huge advantage. I'm very comfortable at both and it's good to have home course knowledge and know where to hit it on all the holes.”
For the second consecutive day Delahoussaye only recorded one bogey while once again birdying his final hole when he rolled in a 15-footer on the par-3 ninth, goading it into the cup with a little body language.
“I didn't think I hit it hard enough, but it just fell over the lip so maybe I got a little lucky there. It's always nice to finish with a birdie.”
Delahoussaye has only partial playing status on the Nationwide Tour and a strong performance on the weekend could earn him a large enough payday to aid his attempt at getting back into the rotation.
“It's tough because you don't want to put too much pressure on yourself and I think I've settled down a bit,” he said. “I feel in the past years I've kind of pressed too hard to try and make as many birdies as I can. I just need to go out, be patient, and keep doing what I'm doing.”