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Anderson finishes RBC Heritage at two-under

  • Anderson shoots an iron from the 18th fairway Sunday. Photo by Scott Schroeder for Beaufort Today.
  • Anderson walks off the 18th green at Harbour Town Links for the final time in 2017. Photo by Scott Schroeder for Beaufort Today.

Beaufort’s Mark Anderson wrapped up a solid showing at the RBC Heritage Sunday by shooting an even 71 to finish at two-under par.

His performance Sunday was in line with what was a consistent day-by-day showing for the Beaufort Academy. He shot 69, 70, 72 and 71 for the tournament.

His first two days consisted of 26 pars, while the weekend rounds were more up and down, particularly Sunday.

“I played pretty well today,” Anderson said after his final round. “I just had a couple really stupid shots. I made a bad double (bogey) at three. I played the par threes pretty poorly. I hit a bad shot on 14. 17 wasn’t too far off and same with seven. Those were all bogeys so that was the round in a nutshell. The par threes got me.”

He also birdied holes two, five, six, nine and ten.

Anderson didn’t have any holes that consistently troubled him throughout the RBC Heritage outside of the occasional par three. The 31-year old is confident that in upcoming years he can contend on the Harbour Town leaderboard.

“One day I think I’ll get it. Not this week but maybe next year. I played pretty solid. I did a few stupid things out there. All in all I’m not terribly disappointed at the end of the week,” he said.

“I thought my iron play was very good. I missed a few putts but that’s going to happen. I felt good with the putter though. That was the important thing. I was just a fraction off on those par threes and that makes all the difference at Harbour Town.”

The golfers had perfect weather to work with, especially by RBC Heritage’s standards in recent years. 2017 featured high-70’s to low 80’s with clear skies and light wind, a pleasant homecoming for Anderson.

“It was a fantastic week,” he said. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather. I’m so grateful for RBC and Boeing putting on a good tournament and the Heritage foundation giving me a spot. I couldn’t ask for more.”

Anderson said after his final round that he was planning on eating Easter dinner with his family before hitting the road Monday. Up next for Anderson and several others on Tour is the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, which starts Thursday.

“Rolling right along into another week. Should be fun,” Anderson said.

He’ll try to make the final cut in a tournament for the fourth time in six events next weekend.

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