April 13 2012
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The second round of the RBC Heritage is complete. See below for updates from throughout the day. Leave your comments below.
UPDATES (All times ET)
6:45 p.m. -- The second round is complete. In the end, no one was able to catch Colt Knost, who leads at 9 under. Carl Pettersson is two shots back after a 65, while Boo Weekley and Harris English are another shot back.
6:20 p.m. -- The second round is winding down here at Harbour Town, where right now 71 players are inside the cut. Among those going home early: Padraig Harrington, Jeff Overton, Bill Haas, Ernie Els, David Duval, Aaron Baddeley and Rickie Fowler.
5:50 p.m. -- Tough finish for Ernie Els. Safely inside the cut line, which is 3 over, Els triple-bogeyed the par-4 18th to shoot 76 and miss it by what looks like will be two strokes. Els made a mess of the back nine, closing in 43 with a double bogey and three more bogeys on the card. On the 18th, Els drove it through the fairway and into the hazard, then found the greenside bunker on his approach. Needing to hole the shot to stick around for the weekend, Els blasted out well past the hole and three-putted from 13 feet.
5:40 p.m. -- After a hot start that including making the turn in 30, defending champion Brandt Snedeker struggled coming in on the difficult back nine, playing it in 2 over to shoot 67. Still, Snedeker is in good shape heading to the weekend at 4 under, five shots back of Colt Knost. Other notables in contention: Zach Johnson and Bud Cauley (both 3 under), Tim Clark and Tommy Gainey (both 2 under).
5 p.m. -- Since rattling off five straight birdies, Brandt Snedeker has hit a wall on the back nine with four pars and two bogeys to drop back to 4 under for the week.
4:25 p.m. -- The cut line has moved to 3 over, which is good news for a number of players, including Spencer Levin and Webb Simpson -- both of whom are already in at 3 over. Jason Dufner is also safely inside the number for now at 4 under through his first 14 holes and 3 over for the tournament. Luke Donald, meanwhile, has moved well inside the number. He’s 3 under through 13 and now 1 over for the week.
3:35 p.m. -- Make that five straight birdies for Brandt Snedeker, who just made the turn in 30 here at Harbour Town. Snedeker has the putter working with just nine putts on the entire front nine here, and he hasn’t needed more than one putt since the opening hole.
3:10 p.m. -- Brandt Snedeker, who has finished in the top 20 each of the last two years here, is in contention again at 5 under and just four strokes off the lead. Snedeker has birdied each of his last four holes and five of his first eight here in the second round. Two of those birdies, by the way, came from outside 30 feet on Nos. 6 and 8.
2:30 p.m. -- Thursday, the scoring in the afternoon was actually better than it was in the morning. Usually it’s the other way around. Here in the second round, it’s back to normal. Case in point: All the low scores came in the morning. Jim Furyk, for example, is only even par through his first five holes after shooting a 69 on Thursday morning. The course, however, is playing easier as a whole with the average at 71.7. Thursday, that number was nearly 73.
1:45 p.m. -- The cut line is currently at 2 over, which is bad news for Spencer Levin, Webb Simpson, John Daly, Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington, among others. Should Donald, who is 1 under through three holes and one shot off the cut, finish outside the top 8 here, he would lost his spot atop the Official World Golf Ranking with Rory McIlroy, who is off this week, moving back to No. 1. Donald reclaimed the top spot from McIlroy after just one week following his victory in Tampa.
1 p.m. -- Different day, different results. Plenty of players have ben able to go low here in the second round, which is quite a contrast to the opening round when only 23 players broke par. Carl Pettersson is the clubhouse leader at 7 under after a 65 Friday, while Boo Weekley is another shot back after a 66. Meanwhile, overnight co-leader Chad Campbell is in at 5 under after a 70.
12:10 p.m. -- Make that 8 under for Colt Knost, who just made his third birdie in the last four holes. This one came on the par-5 second, where he hit into a greenside bunker on his second shot, then got up-and-down, sinking a 5-footer for birdie.
12 p.m. -- Colt Knost just moved to 7 under and into the lead by himself after a birdie on the par-4 first (he started on the back nine). Knost’s best career finish on the PGA TOUR was a tie for third in Mexico earlier this year; 10 players have made this tournament their first career win. The last to do so was Boo Weekley in 2007.
11:35 a.m. -- Unlike the opening round, when players were lucky to break par, conditions are much more benign here in Round 2 and it has showed in the scores. The top 10 names on the leaderboard are a combined 35 under so far today with Carl Pettersson among three players tied for the lead at 6 under. The Swede is 5 under through his first dozen holes. Robert Garrigus and Bob Estes, also among that group, are 5 under today as well.
11:15 a.m. -- Colt Knost, who got his PGA TOUR card on the number at q-school last December, currently shares the lead with rookie Harris English at 6 under. English got his card via the Nationwide Tour, where he won while still in school at the University of Georgia. Three others -- overnight co-leader Chad Campbell, Boo Weekley and Carl Pettersson -- are another shot back. Perhaps the most surprising round so far? Rickie Fowler’s. After shooting a very respectable 72 in the opening round, he’s 6 over through his first nine holes here in Round 2.
11 a.m. -- Boo Weekley, who won here in 2007 and 2008, is in contention again. Weekley is 4 under through his first 13 holes early in Round 2 and just a shot off the lead of Colt Knost, who is 2 under through eight holes. Weekley has missed just one putt inside 10 feet all day and has poured in three from outside that range. Weekley, who battled some nagging injuries early in the year, has played well of late with a tie for third last month in Puerto Rico and a tie for 14th a couple of weeks ago in Houston.