By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Chad Campbell is trying to change his success at Harbour Town this week. The Texan’s best finish at The Heritage was a tie for 18 th in 2003, and he’s missed the cut two of the last three years. But a surge that began on the seventh hole has helped thrust Campbell into contention. His 6-under 65 gave him the early lead.
Campbell made bogey on the first hole after missing the green and failing to get up and down for par. He plodded along until the par-three seventh, where he hit his tee shot to within 16 feet and rolled in the birdie putt.
That putt helped get him started and moving in the right direction. Campbell made the turn at 1-under and added five birdies on the back nine, including three straight at No. 16, 17 and 18. He finished with a 65, matching his career best at Harbour Town posted in 2002.
Campbell made birdie on three of the four par 3s, dropping in five-footers at No. 14 and No 17. He needed only 25 putts to complete his round, with the best perhaps a 22-footer on the 18 th hole for birdie.
Campbell is looking for his first top-10 of the season; he tied for 13 th at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Shell Houston Open. He is 91 st on the PGA TOUR earnings list and has an Official World Golf Ranking of 189.
His last victory was the 2007 Viking Classic.