Slumping Appleby making progress

Stuart Appleby

Stuart Appleby

Stuart Appleby made the cut at Bay Hill and tied for 30th. That’s progress. It was the third cut he made in nine 2010 starts while trying to climb out of a slump that saw him fall from 22nd in earnings in 2008 to 137th last year.

“I’m relearnng some skills I took for granted,” said Appleby, exempt because he’s in the top 25 in career earnings. “Everything is close enough. I’m starting to feel like I can rip it off the tee. I’m going through the basics and trying to feel the shot, trying to absorb myself in each shot. It’s the first real test I’ve had in my career.

Appleby experimented with left-hand-low putting at the Tavistock Cup March 22-23.

“I’m trying to find confidence with something,” he said. “It’s like petting a snake. You try to befriend it, but you never know.”

A return to Houston this week can’t hurt. Appleby has won twice and been second twice at the Shell Houston Open.

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