Choi leads as rain halts play at RBC Heritage

By Will GrayApril 18, 2014, 9:34 pm

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."

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DEFCON Tiger: Woods' Saturday lights Twitter ablaze

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 8:15 pm

Tiger Woods grabbed the Tour Championship lead and the sports world by the throat Saturday, making birdie on six of his first seven holes in his third round and sending social media into a frenzy.

Here's a sampling from athletes, journalists and celebrtiies, and we'll start with two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.

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Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.

Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.

Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.

''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''

Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.

Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.

Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 7:25 pm

After grinding out a 68 on Friday, Tiger Woods is trying to get the lead all to himself in Round 3 at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him.

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Highlights: Tiger's seven Saturday birdies so far

By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.

Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.

Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.

One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.

He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.

He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.

He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.

Looking to make the turn in 29, Woods instead missed the green at the par-3 ninth, failed to get up and down for par, and had to settle for 5-under 30.

Following pars at 10 and 11, he started looking this approach up and down at the 12th, leading to his seventh birdie of the day.

Woods saw his lead decrease from five to three when he bogeyed the par-4 16th and Rose birdied. Woods missed the fairway and green and then failed to pull off an aggressive flop shot up a steep slope.