DiMarco's Comeback Continues

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Five years ago Chris DiMarco battled Tiger Woods in a playoff for the Masters. This year he had to watch the Sunday drama on television, the result of injuries that impacted his play and limited his time on the PGA Tour the last couple of years.

Now the former Gator golfer is feeling better and looking to regain the form that saw him finish second in three majors between 2004-06. His effort to regain his fulltime PGA Tour card continues today as he begins play in the Verizon Heritage.

"I'm doing okay," said DiMarco. "It's just a matter of getting my feet wet and getting back in there."

"This is a good step this week in Verizon, then hopefully New Orleans (next week's Zurich Classic) and we'll get a couple of good weeks under our belt."

DiMarco has made the cut in five of the seven events he's played, but hasn't had a breakthrough moment yet. His best finish in a tournament so far this season is a tie for 28th in the Tampa area Transitions Championship event. He's fourth on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy, so to do better going forward he's looking for improvement with the flat stick.

"I need to start making a few more putts. I feel like I'm putting well, I'm just not making much."

The Heritage will be a tricky test for DiMarco, who has not typically fared well at the Harbor Town Links. His best finish in the past four seasons has been 52nd at 2+ back in 2006. A stronger showing here would be a very positive sign for his career revival.

DiMarco is well known for his passionate support of Florida football, and he makes clear just how committed he is when asked about his nephew. Patrick DiMarco is entering his senior season as a combo fullback and tight end for South Carolina, but when they face Florida in the Swamp this November DiMarco will still be solidly in the Gator corner.

"If that game means everything (in the SEC East) and it's for the Gamecocks or the Gators to go to Atlanta, then always go Gators."

"I'm very proud of my nephew. The only thing that would be better is if he played for the Gators."

DiMarco tees off at 12:40 today and then 8 a.m. Friday. He's playing in a group with multiple time Heritage winner Boo Weekley.

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