"I don't think that'll be a problem," he said, jokingly.
The insurance executive for Woodmen of the World Insurance knows well the Old White TPC course, although he admits it's a different layout playing at 7,287 yards. Carter said he would have expected to hit 22 greens in regulation the first two rounds. On Thursday, he hit just nine.
He had double bogeys on No. 5 and No. 13, bogeys on No. 10 and No. 11, and a birdie on No. 17 - his next-to-last hole.
"The course was playable," he said. "Obviously, you can see the scores that are being shot. The pins are accessible and the softness of the greens and the length wasn't an issue today. I hit some hybrids in, but it wasn't like I couldn't make pars on any hole. I was OK with the length of the course."
Also, the conditions did Carter no favors.
"I knew with the soft conditions it was pretty much going to be a miracle for me to make it, because the scores were going to be so low from the way these guys play," he said. "I needed it to be firm and fast with a little bit tougher conditions with my knowledge of the golf course. If it would be even or 1-over, I would've felt like I would've made it. If it's going to be 2 or 3 under, it's going to be very difficult."
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