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RBC Heritage Notebook: Info from first three rounds

  • Ian Poulter lets loose from the 18th tee. Photo by Scott Schroeder for Beaufort Today.

Quotes of interest

Beaufort’s Mark Anderson on coming home and whether or not he feels he has a home-course advantage: “It’s fun coming here. I’ve got a lot of friends and family that come and watch – a lot of people I know that support this tournament. It’s a blast getting a lot of support from everybody.

“I feel comfortable here. I’m at home here at this great golf course. It’s probably one of my favorite spots on tour. I love the support. I can use all of it that I can get. I do appreciate everyone.”

Savannah’s Brian Harman on shooting a third round 66 to put himself in contention: “I got some putts to drop. I spent some time out on the range yesterday and thought I found a little something, so it was nice to come out and have that round.”

Harman on how anything can happen in weekend rounds: “It’s part of the frustration. Like you know it’s possible [to play well]. And when it doesn’t go your way, it’s hard to hang in there.

“I was more proud of the way I hung in there (Friday), getting to play the weekend because you never know when something like (Saturday) can happen. It could have been a couple shots better.”

Contender Ian Poulter on playing on Major Medical Extension and having two events left to keep his playing privileges: “You [reporter] keep reminding me of it. I’m playing golf like I really don’t care to be honest. I’ve had to work a lot on clearing everything out of my mind to go and play golf. And that’s obviously what I needed to do it and play some good golf.

“And I’m not thinking about it. I’m trying not to think about it. Obviously, you keep asking the questions, so it’s right there.”

Miscellaneous facts and notes from the first three rounds:

The first cut line of one-under was the lowest in the 49-year history of the tournament.

The average score Friday was 70.89. It was 70.18 Thursday. This is the first time the first two rounds at RBC Heritage were both under par for the field.

Tournament officials and statisticians say they don’t keep official attendance records, but due to the clear skies and temperatures in the high-70’s to low-80’s every day, they believe this is likely the largest RBC Heritage attendance in recent memory.

Since 1934, Luke Donald is one of 14 players to finish runner-up at an event four times, doing so at RBC Heritage. Only four players have more runner-up finishes at a single event (Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Payne Stewart and Greg Norman). Donald is in contention at eight-under.

Two-time Heritage champion Jim Furyk missed the first cut in his 18th start at the event. He also missed the cut at the Masters last week, marking the first time he has missed back-to-back cuts since July 2011.

Bud Cauley’s opening round 63 was the lowest Thursday round at RBC Heritage since Peter Lonard’s 62 in 2005.

Ian Poulter’s caddie had to push away an alligator with a golf club before Poulter’s second shot on the 10th hole Saturday. The gator, which was resting on the edge of the water, was about five feet from Poulter’s ball, which was on the bank in the rough. The gator took the message and swam away slowly.