HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Kevin Streelman looks ready to make contending at PGA Tour events a habit, while Brandt Snedeker was poised for an early exit at the RBC Heritage in the rain-delayed second round Friday.
Streelman, who won his first tour title last month at the Tampa Bay Championships, shot a 1-under 70 before the wind picked up at Harbour Town Golf Links. He was tied at 6 under with Charley Hoffman and 34-year-old rookie Steve LeBrun.
Hoffman, like Streelman, followed an opening 66 with a 70. LeBrun shot his second straight 68.
Luke Donald and Bill Haas were a stroke back. Donald had a 68, and Haas shot 69.
The biggest surprise was Snedeker, at No. 5 the highest-ranked player in the field. Days after leading the Masters on Sunday before faltering, the 2011 Harbour Town winner opened with a 73 and had a 71 Friday to finish at 2 over – one over the projected cut line.
Seventeen players were unable to finish. The rain was forecast to continue overnight before the front moves out to sea and brings cooler temperatures – but no rain.
Streelman had three birdies in his first four holes. He added a final birdie on the par-5 15th and parred out to move on top and put himself in contention on the tricky, narrow fairways and small greens of Harbour Town.
CHAMPIONS: In Duluth, Ga., Bart Bryant and David Frost topped the first-round leader board in the Champions Tour’s rain-delayed Greater Gwinnett Championship.
There were 57 players still on the TPC Sugarloaf course when the round was suspended because of darkness. Bryant completed a 4-under 68, and Frost was 4 under with five holes left. The first round will be completed today, followed by the second round.
LPGA: In Kapolei, Hawaii, Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 at wind-swept Ko Olina to maintain a one-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.
South Korea’s Hee Kyung Seo was second after a 66. Former Fort Wayne resident Amanda Blemenherst shot a 3-over 75 for a three-day total of 2-over 218.
EUROPEAN: In Valencia, Spain, Peter Uihlein of the United States shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open.