Heritage: Mark Anderson struggles at his home event
04/19/2014 12:01 AM
04/19/2014 12:02 AM
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.
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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