Heritage notebook

Heritage: Mark Anderson struggles at his home event

The (Hilton Head) Island PacketApril 19, 2014 

RBC Heritage Golf

Matt Kuchar flips his ball to his caddy on the fifth green during the Heritage on Friday.

STEPHEN B. MORTON — the associated press

— As Mark Anderson rolled in his final putt, about a 5-footer to save par on No. 9, the wind picked up from the right and rain fell heavier.

The Beaufort resident and former USC golfer closed a 4-over-par 75 not long before Friday’s second round of the RBC Heritage was suspended. He is 4 over for the tournament, one outside the projected cut at 3 over.

If that line holds, Anderson would miss his sixth consecutive PGA Tour cut to start the season. Not the kickstart the 28-year-old might have been hoping for at his home event.

“Things felt better this week – not great, I still hit some loose shots – but, overall, it was more solid,” Anderson said. “Unfortunately, tough conditions made it tough for me.”

After a steady, even-par 71 on Thursday, Anderson played Nos. 11 through 14 at Harbour Town Golf Links in 5 over to start his second round. His rough stretch included a double bogey on the par-4 12th, where he drove the ball behind trees, punched out, pitched on and three-putted.

His tee shot on the par-3 14th found the trees left and led to bogey.

“That was pretty much it – a lot of trees,” he said.

Anderson tried to turn things around on his second nine, the front side. He made birdie on the par-5 second but missed birdie opportunities at Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7.

On the difficult par-4 eighth, he missed a 9-foot putt for par to slip outside the projected cut.

Haas withdraws

Greenville’s Bill Haas withdrew from the RBC Heritage on Friday because of a wrist injury prior to his second round. Haas was to tee off at 12:50 p.m. with 2011 champion Brandt Snedeker and defending champion Graeme McDowell. They played as a twosome.

Haas shot a 1-over 72 on Thursday. It was not immediately available which wrist he injured.

Love struggles, Spieth stalls

Five-time Heritage champion Davis Love III will miss the cut after struggling to a second-round score of 80 to finish 8 over for the tournament. After a two-year absence, the man who has totaled 11 top-10 finishes at Hilton Head will miss the cut for the sixth time in 27 starts at Harbour Town.

Twenty-year-old Masters runner-up Jordan Spieth made bogey on the par-4 sixth and the par-3 14th, and a double bogey on No. 18 to finish with a second-round score of 74, putting him at 1 over for the tournament.

Amateur Fitzpatrick stands out

One of two amateurs in this year’s Heritage field, England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick impressed with another even-par round Friday. Fitzpatrick, who was able to finish before rain halted play, sits tied for 24th.

Hunter Stewart, last year’s Players Amateur champion, shot a 74 to finish 5 over in his first PGA Tour event.

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