By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- We’re still about an hour away from leader Colt Knost teeing off. When he does, he’ll have plenty of contenders with a dozen players currently within five strokes of his lead.
Only three second-round leaders have gone on to win this season on the PGA TOUR so with that in mind, here’s a look at some of his pursuers.
Pettersson, a four-time winner on TOUR and currently in solo second, is making his 10 th start at the RBC Heritage, where he tied for third in 2004 and tied for eighth in 2007. His last win came two years ago at the RBC Canadian Open, but Pettersson, already has runner-up finishes at the Shell Houston Open and Sony Open in Hawaii this season.
He’s a two-time RBC Heritage winner with victories in 2007 and 2008, the former of which came courtesy of a couple of late chip-ins. Weekley, who shot 66 in the second round and is three shots off the lead, has now shot par or better in 19 of his 22 rounds at Harbour Town. A win would move Weekley into a tie with Hale Irwin for the second-most victories at this event with three, behind only five-time winner Davis Love III.
Snedeker is already one of seven players to hold the season-best birdie streak (he made six in a row during the third round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation) and he came close to matching that with five straight here at one point Friday. No defending champion has ever missed the cut here and Snedeker added his name to that list. Now he’s hoping to become the fourth back-to-back winner here, joining Payne Stewart (1989-90), Davis Love III (1991-92) and Weekley.