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Anderson shoots third-round 72, heads into Sunday at 2-under

Beaufort native Mark Anderson added a 1-over par 72 to his RBC Heritage line Saturday, placing him at 2-under for the tournament.

Saturday was his worst day of the week score-wise, following rounds of 69 on Thursday and 70 on Friday, but the former Beaufort Academy Eagle was still content with his third-round performance.

“I didn’t play too bad. I just didn’t scramble very well,” he said. “I missed a couple greens and wasn’t able to get up and down, partly because I put them in some pretty bad spots.

“But if I could have made a couple putts, I would have had a lot better of a round. It’s a little disappointing, but I’ll take some positives out of it. I struck it well. I need to work a little bit off the tee and grind on the putting green a little bit.”

Anderson’s work in the fairway has been superb all tournament, but the past two days his driver has led him astray at times. That’s been the source of most of his bogeys.

The weather hasn’t been an issue for golfers this year compared to most at Harbour Town Golf Links, so his mishits have been just that. Saturday had a bit more wind than the previous two days, though.

“It kind of swirled a few times, which was tough. That makes this place tricky and usually does, so it’s kind of something you expect,” Anderson said.

“The tee shots out here set you up. So if I’m not in the fairway, I’m sort of scrambling. When I am in the fairway, I’m feeling great. My irons have been good. My putter feels good. I didn’t make much today, but I can take that in to tomorrow and know that if I make a few putts I’ll be able to go low.”

Anderson said he was going to work with his driver on the range Saturday afternoon and then putt a bit before hitting the beach. He is staying with friends on Hilton Head Island rather than commuting from Beaufort.

The 31-year old said he’s looking forward to playing in his first Sunday round at the RBC Heritage in three years.

“It will be fun. There’ve been great crowds — maybe a record this week,” he said. “I’m having fun playing in front of friends and family and really just a ton of people out here. So I’m ready for tomorrow.”

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