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K.J. Choi during Friday's second-round play at the PGA Tour's 2014 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
K.J. Choi during Friday's second-round play at the PGA Tour's 2014 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Before the rain got to the point that play had to be halted Friday, K.J. Choi rose to 5 under while a trio of first-round co-leaders fell off the mark.

Here are 5 Things to know from Hilton Head:

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1. LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSE: The last time K.J. Choi won on the PGA Tour was in 2011 at the Players Championship. in a playoff. Since then, it's been lean times with only one top-three, a second at the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year.

With a 4-under 67, Choi put together the ...

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K.J. Choi during Friday's second round of the PGA Tour's 2014 RBC Heritage Open in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
K.J. Choi during Friday's second round of the PGA Tour's 2014 RBC Heritage Open in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Matt Kuchar, who headed into Friday's second round of the RBC Heritage Open in Hilton Head Island, S.C., tied for the lead with Scott Langley and Will McGirt, has been caught and, thanks to Kuchar's own troubles during a rain-delayed day, passed by K.J. Choi in the early going.

Follow second-round highlights from Harbour Town right here – and scroll down for previous coverage!

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Update No. 15: 4:39 p.m. EDT

And that's a wrap for play Friday. Our senior writer Alex Miceli notes via his Twitter account, @alexmiceli ...

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Matt Kuchar fired a bogey-free, 5-under 66 to hold a share of the 18-hole lead at the RBC Heritage.
Matt Kuchar fired a bogey-free, 5-under 66 to hold a share of the 18-hole lead at the RBC Heritage.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Conditions were far from relaxed in the first round of the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Thursday. The winds and cool temperatures made the relatively short 7,101-yard course play difficult, with only 35 of the 132 players under par.

Among those over par: Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, Geoff Ogilvy, Boo Weekley, Paul Casey and Hunter Mahan.

Most of the players in red numbers didn’t play Augusta National last week for the Masters. They included Scott Langley and Will McGirt, who share the first-round lead with ...

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April 17, 2014 | 6:22 p.m.

RBC Heritage: Tee Times, Round 2

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Scott Langley holds a share of the 18-hole lead with William McGirt and Matt Kuchar.
Scott Langley holds a share of the 18-hole lead with William McGirt and Matt Kuchar.

The afternoon's feature group of Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas and Brandt Snedeker will need to do some work to make sure they stick around for the weekend at the RBC Heritage.

Here is a look at the second round tee times and pairings at Harbour Town:

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Off No. 1

7:20 a.m.: Camilo Villegas, Tim Herron, Briny Baird.

7:30 a.m.: Greg Chalmers, John Mallinger, Hideki Matsuyama.

7:40 a.m.: Bryce Molder, Robert Garrigus, J.B. Holmes.

7:50 a.m.: Ken Duke, K.J. Choi, Geoff Oglivy.

8 a.m.: Marc Leishman, David Toms, Stewart ...

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Matt Kuchar fired a 5-under 66 in the first round of the RBC Heritage.
Matt Kuchar fired a 5-under 66 in the first round of the RBC Heritage.

Ah, the week after the Masters, when the chase is no longer for green, but for plaid.

On Thursday, Matt Kuchar set the pace early and only two players the remainder of the day were able to match Kuchar's 5-under 66, with Scott Langley and William McGirt completing the trio of leaders.

They have a two-shot lead on the field, with Harris English at 3 under. Jordan Spieth is among 15 players at T-5 after 2-under 69s.

Check out how the afternoon went at ...

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James Achenbach
With his 2-year-old son, Caleb, and wife, Angie, providing a new perspective, Bubba Watson has shown growth on and off the course.
With his 2-year-old son, Caleb, and wife, Angie, providing a new perspective, Bubba Watson has shown growth on and off the course.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Golf is more than a game.

Sometimes golf really does transform individuals into deeper, more substantial people.

I give you Bubba Watson.

Essentially what I have seen in Watson's PGA Tour career is a boy who evolved into a man. In the beginning he was timid, uncomfortable and ineffective in sharing his thoughts. On April 13, after his second Masters victory, he presented himself as an articulate, thoughtful, sensitive golfer.

Millions saw and listened.

This had little to do with his tendency to cry after winning golf tournaments. This was more important, more meaningful.

At 35, Watson ...

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Matt Kuchar is one of our many expert picks this week at the RBC Heritage.
Matt Kuchar is one of our many expert picks this week at the RBC Heritage.

An impressive field has been put together this week for the RBC Heritage, with many players making the two-hour jaunt from Augusta to take on Harbour Town.

Here's our staff picks for the week:

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Jim McCabe, senior writer

Favorite: Jim Furyk

Don’t Forget About: Graeme McDowell

Keep an eye on: Luke Donald

Sleepers: Kevin Streelman

Comments: Furyk played nicely at Augusta and has been steady all year, though he needs to tighten things up in the fourth round. Nothing not to like about McDowell and Donald on this golf course. Streelman strictly a gut pick.

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Jeff Rude, senior ...

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April 17, 2014 | 9:17 a.m.

SCORES: RBC Heritage, Round 2

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Graeme McDowell is the defending champion at the RBC Heritage.
Graeme McDowell is the defending champion at the RBC Heritage.

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Jim McCabe
Vaughn Taylor received a sponsor's exemption into the RBC Heritage, only his second start on the PGA Tour in 2014.
Vaughn Taylor received a sponsor's exemption into the RBC Heritage, only his second start on the PGA Tour in 2014.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – No matter which of the routes you take, your view is of country roads as you wind your way from Augusta, Ga., to this golf mecca at the edge of the mighty Atlantic. As scenic rides go, it’s not likely to get nominated for one of AAA’s best driving experiences, but the trip was one 37 PGA Tour members gladly took on in recent days.

Correction, make that 38. The thing is, Vaughn Taylor, unlike the other 37, had been at his home in Augusta and not competing in the Masters.

We say ...

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Jeff Rude
Should Augusta National consider Bubba-proofing the golf course after the long-hitter won two out of the last three Masters?
Should Augusta National consider Bubba-proofing the golf course after the long-hitter won two out of the last three Masters?

Jeff Rude’s “Hate To Be Rude” column appears on Golfweek.com on Wednesday.

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Fourteen years ago, your correspondent spent four interesting hours in the Cypress, Calif., house where Tiger Woods grew up. During that long interview session with father Earl Woods in his living room, the topic of Tiger-proofing Augusta National came up. The kid was less than three years removed from winning the Masters by 12 strokes and was in the midst of what would become the most brilliant of his many remarkable seasons.

Earl Woods was dressed in a gray heather sweatsuit and wore no shoes or ...

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Jim McCabe
Jordan Spieth, fresh off a T-2 finish at the Masters, was hit by a wedge shot from his amateur playing partner during the pro-am at the RBC Heritage.
Jordan Spieth, fresh off a T-2 finish at the Masters, was hit by a wedge shot from his amateur playing partner during the pro-am at the RBC Heritage.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Errant shots are common occurrences at PGA Tour stops. Just ask the dozens of spectators who’ve received autographed gloves and balls after being hit in the back or the shoulder.

But it’s not often that it’s the PGA Tour player who gets hit, as happened to Jordan Spieth in Wednesday’s pro-am at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

“He felt really bad, but I kept telling him that I’m fine,” Spieth said of the amateur partner who sprayed a wedge shot up around the 18th green. Spieth said ...

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Jim McCabe
Bob Toski doesn't accept payment for teaching PGA Tour pros -- but he did ask Ken Duke to take him to Augusta National.
Bob Toski doesn't accept payment for teaching PGA Tour pros -- but he did ask Ken Duke to take him to Augusta National.

Prepared for the next trio of players who would proceed from the practice green to the first tee for Round 2 of the Masters, the marshal held the rope in his left hand, ready to move and stretch it out so that a passageway was cleared.

Keen on how the marshal was holding the rope, a gentleman stood quietly to the side and made an observation. “Look, he’s supinating,” said Bob Toski, pointing to the marshal’s hand, which was wrapped around the rope. “You know who the first one was to talk about supinate? (Ben) Hogan.”

Toski smiled ...

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Jim McCabe
Despite finishing T-5, Rickie Fowler struggled on the par 5s at Augusta National.
Despite finishing T-5, Rickie Fowler struggled on the par 5s at Augusta National.

Four days, four rounds, countless scoring curiosities at the Masters. Here are a few:

• If you’re thinking that long-hitting Bubba Watson ate up the par 5s, well, with an eagle and six birdies he definitely played them well. But Bernhard Langer, a Champions Tour guy, also went 8 under, so it’s not as if Watson won the tournament on the longer holes.

• Chris Kirk played the par 5s best, going 12 under. He birdied the par-5 second all four days, the eighth three times, the 13th three times and the 15th twice. In Round 2, he made birdies ...

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Jim McCabe
Adam Scott joined a long list of great players that failed to repeat as Masters champ.
Adam Scott joined a long list of great players that failed to repeat as Masters champ.

Much was made of Adam Scott’s tough task of successfully defending his Masters title – and for good reason. Statistics shows that it’s the toughest of the majors to defend.

Scott failed, of course, and that puts him in good company. So did 74 other defending champs. Only three times in 77 attempts have players won a second straight Masters: Jack Nicklaus in 1966, Nick Faldo in 1990 and Tiger Woods in 2002.

Three of 77 is a putrid percentage of .0389.

Compare that with the other majors:

U.S. Open: The defending champion has prevailed seven times in ...

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April 16, 2014 | 11:01 a.m.

Jason Day out 3 weeks with thumb injury

Jason Day has a cast on his left thumb and will not return to competition until The Players Championship.
Jason Day has a cast on his left thumb and will not return to competition until The Players Championship.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Jason Day has a cast on his left hand to immobilize his injured thumb and isn't expected to return to competition until The Players Championship in three weeks.

Day's agent, Bud Martin, says the cast was put on Wednesday as a precaution.

Day injured his thumb while winning the Match Play Championship in late February. He took six weeks off before playing at the Masters, where he barely made the cut.

Martin says the inflammation is deep and easily irritated by simple tasks. He's expected to wear the cast for two weeks ...

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