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Anderson shoots one-under Friday, advances to third round

Local fan-favorite Mark Anderson shot a one-under 70 Friday afternoon to advance past the first cut at the RBC Heritage for the first time since 2014.

Anderson said after the round that he’s pleased to be sitting at three-under heading into the weekend.

“I’m excited any time I get to play the weekend – here especially. The weather looks like it’s going to be great again. We’ll have good crowds so I’m looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and Sunday,” he said.

Following the same pattern as his Thursday round, the Beaufort Academy grad raced out to a hot start – sitting at five-under through his front nine. And just like round one, his tee shots in the back nine were, in his words, a little squirrely.

On Thursday Anderson missed a number of makeable putts after putting himself in good position from the fairway. In his second round, Anderson dug himself into some holes with his first shots. But the same putter that spurned him a day earlier became his most reliable club Friday.

His ability to save pars and avoid double bogeys on two shaky occasions was the reason he’s playing again Saturday. Anderson had to maneuver through some trees on both 11 and 12 – his two bogey holes. He birdied two, five and nine.

“I played solid today again. I had a couple mishaps off the tee again on the back nine. But other than that, I still feel really good about my game,” Anderson said. “I putted nicely – a lot better than yesterday. I stroked it well. Had a lot of good putts and I made some big putts that I needed to make. It was a fun day.”

Anderson shot three-under on the back nine Thursday (teed off on 10) and three-under on the front nine Friday. There aren’t any holes giving him a consistent problem, which is something he can take into Saturday.

He’s currently tied for 32nd, seven strokes behind leaders Graham DeLaet and Luke Donald.

“My game feels good so hopefully I can put a little more together in the next couple days and we’ll see what happens,” he said.

Anderson tees off from No. 1 Saturday morning at 10:17. He’ll be paired with Andrew Johnston (three-under) for the third consecutive day.