5 Things: Cut line in limbo during delay
Friday, April 19, 2013
Rough weather called an early end to play Friday, with more than a dozen golfers still on the course in the second round of the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Charley Hoffman, Steve LeBrun and Kevin Streelman are the co-leaders, all having completed 36 holes at 6 under par.
Here are 5 Things to know about the tourney as its second round stretches into Saturday:
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1. MOVING TARGET FOR CUTS: Jesper Parnevik stood over his final tee shot of the day right on the projected cut of 1 over. From there he found the fairway, then missed the green. He knocked the ball onto the green and gave himself a 5-footer to make the cut before play was halted.
However, missing that putt might not send Parnevik home – a bogey would drop him to 2 over, but it also would create a tie for 70th at that score and could let 21 more golfers make the cut, in fact.
Then again, that's no sure thing.
Also around the cut line are Nicolas Colsaerts, Ryan Palmer and Casey Wittenberg – the three stand at 2 over, so a birdie from any of them on their final hole of the day (or Wittenberg could chip in on No. 8, then par his final hole) combined with a bogey from Parnevik would effectively keep the cut at 1 over.
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2. LEBRUN MAKES A MOVE: Matching a first-round 68 seemed a lot to ask as inclement weather threatened the tournament's second day, but Steve LeBrun did exactly that to move into a share of the lead.
The 13th-year pro from West Palm Beach, Fla., bogeyed Nos. 3-4 Friday, but did not bogey again after that. And he more than offset the pair of miscues with five birdies in his round – three of them coming during a four-hole stretch as he made the turn.
It's LeBrun's fourth cut made in nine PGA Tour starts this season and his third in a row. The 34-year-old's top finish was a career-best T-24 at the Puerto Rico Open during the week of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He followed that with a T-37 finish at the Valero Texas Open two weeks ago.
LeBrun has $96,180 in career earnings and another $303,694 on the Web.com Tour.
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3. HOFFMAN, STREELMAN HOLD STEADY: They took different paths to the lead, but Charley Hoffman and Kevin Streelman's 1-under rounds got them to the top of the leaderboard.
Hoffman started the day with a bogey at the 10th, bounced back with a birdie two holes later and bogeyed the par-5 15th to go out at 1 over. A birdie at the 5th was offset by a bogey at the 6th, but birdies at the par-4 8th and 9th moved him into the lead.
Streelman, on the other hand, went low to start his round – birdieing the 2nd, bogeying the third, then birdieing the 4th and 5th. Bogeys at the 8th and 11th moved him back to even par for the day, but he steadied himself with three pars before birdieing the 15th and finishing 1 under on the day.
Both golfers have seen recent success.
Hoffman, 36, will spend the weekend chasing his third career PGA Tour victory and first since the 2010 Deutche Bank Championship. He's coming off a T-3 finish two weeks ago at the Valero Texas Open. Streelman, 34, will chase the second win of his season and his career, the other being the Tampa Bay Championship last month.
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4. TOUGH DAY TO GO LOW: The best anyone could do in Friday's conditions was 4 under par, with only Graeme McDowell and Matt Jones reaching that score. Forty-one other golfers broke par or were doing so when play stopped, while 99 were even par or worse for the round.
McDowell managed a steadier day than Jones, with just one bogey. His 67, which came on the heels of an even-par opening round, moved him into contention at T-6.
Jones was even par for his first nine, but bogeys at Nos. 15, 16 and 18 offset birdies at 10, 12 and 17. A bogey-free second nine with birdies at Nos. 2, 5, 6 and 9 carried him to even par for the tournament, good for T-51 and likely to make the cut by a stroke.
Conversely, the difficult weather conditions contributed to a high round of 81 from John Daly, who had carded an even-par 71 in the first round. Ben Kohles and Lucas Glover carded 79s, with Daniel Nisbet also at 8 over for the day through 17 holes.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: A handful of players chimed in after their rounds via their social-media accounts. Among them . . . Stuart Appleby (@StuartAppleby, 70-68, 4 under): "Jasper should be be asking the 22 guys at +2 for $1,500 each for him to miss his 5' 5" on the last. They all have to wait and see tomorrow." . . . William McGirt (@WilliamMcGirt, 70-70, 2 under): "Played pretty well the last 2 days. Glad to say I finally made the cut @RBCHeritage! Only took 3 tries! Time to move up the leaderboard!" . . . Luke Guthrie (@LukeGuth1, 74-72, 4 over): "Frustrated by my play lately...but feel some good things and more birdies are on the way!" . . . Jones was the day's biggest climber, rising 70 spots on the strength of his 67, while Glover fell the furthest as his 79 dropped him 95 spots. . . . Defending champ Carl Pettersson is on the cut line at 1 over after rounds of 68-75, the latter sullied by a 5-over stretch from Nos. 6-13.
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