Choi leads as rain halts play at RBC Heritage


The weather did no favors for the field Friday at the RBC Heritage, as players endured difficult conditions before heavy rains forced the suspension of play. Here's how things look midway through the second round at Harbour Town, where K.J. Choi holds a one-shot lead:

Leaderboard: K.J. Choi (-5), Robert Allenby (-4 through 5 holes), Scott Langley (-3), Luke Donald (-3), Billy Hurley III (-3), Bo Van Pelt (-3 through 5), Ben Martin (-3 through 4)

What it means: Choi was out early Friday and fired a 4-under 67 despite wet conditions and gusty winds. As a result, his name was atop the leaderboard when play was suspended at 2:54 p.m. ET. More rain meant play was eventually called for the day, and players will now return to complete their second rounds at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Round of the day: Choi had a solid week last week at the Masters and his good play continued Friday at Harbour Town. Choi carded six birdies against two bogeys en route to a 67, the day's lowest round among those players who completed 36 holes. The former Players champ had his putter working, as he holed three birdie putts of more than 20 feet in length.

Best of the rest: Donald has done everything but win at Hilton Head, with four top-three finishes in the last five years, and he's again in contention after a 2-under 69. The Englishman played his first 15 holes without a bogey, and efficiently made it around the cozy confines of Harbour Town by finding 15 of 18 greens in regulation.

Biggest disappointment: Davis Love III has won at Harbour Town five times, and he appeared ready to turn back the clocks after an opening-round 70. Love struggled amid difficult conditions, though, carding a 9-over 80 to likely miss the cut. Love did not make a single birdie during the second round and closed his day with three straight bogeys.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Much golf remains to be played, as none of the afternoon wave completed the second round Friday before play was halted. Among the players that will return to the course early in the morning are Matt Kuchar, who played his first six holes Friday in 4 over to drop four shots behind Choi, and Graeme McDowell, who sits at 2 under midway through his second round as he looks to don the tartan jacket for the second year in a row. The forecast remains dismal for Saturday, though, so weather could remain a factor throughout the weekend.

Quote of the day: "We can't play anymore. It's pretty bad out there right now. If we can start tomorrow at 8 a.m., we'll try to turn it around and get the third round in and get back on track Sunday somewhere."