HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The last time Colt Knost led on the PGA TOUR, the end result didn’t turn out so well.
Leading after the second and third rounds of the 2009 Shell Houston Open, Knost shot a final-round 81 to tumble to a tie for 42nd. After a 66 on Friday to take a two-shot lead to the weekend at 9 under, he’s hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.
On a postcard day at Harbour Town Golf Links, scoring was much better than in a blustery opening round. Of the top 23 players on the leaderboard, only three failed to break par.
Michael Bradley had the day’s best score with a 64 in the afternoon wave to move into a five-way tie for seventh at 4 under. Several others had similar scores.
Carl Pettersson, who is alone in second, carded a 65. Boo Weekley, who won here in 2007 and 2008, shot 66. So did Robert Garrigus, who is tied for fifth.
Other notables in contention entering the weekend include defending champion Brandt Snedeker, who is 4 under after a 67 Friday, Zach Johnson and Bud Cauley, both of whom are 3 under.
Another stroke back at 2 under is Tim Clark, who is making just his sixth start of the year after recovering from wrist surgery last season.
Plenty of big names also missed the cut, however, including Ernie Els, who triple-bogeyed the 18th hole to miss by three. Others headed home early include Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson, david Duval and Rickie Fowler.