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...
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 consecutive 68.
Luke Donald and Bill Haas were a stroke back. Donald had a 68, and Haas shot 69.
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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.
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.
Streelman’s life hasn’t changed much since the victory in Tampa Bay, just his approach to the game.
“I do feel a bit freer to be in the position I am, say, in a week like this,” he said. “Because I’m not worried about a top 10 or a top five or keep your card. And I can just go out and try and win a golf tournament.”
Hoffman, seeking his third PGA Tour career victory and first since 2010, closed with birdies on his final two holes, the eighth and the ninth.
“It feels good to get the blood flowing a little bit and have a chance on Sunday,” he said. “Obviously, would like to make a bunch of birdies and pull away, but it usually doesn’t happen out here.”
After graduating from Florida Atlantic in 2000, LeBrun played golf’s mini-tours until earning his PGA Tour card at qualifying school last fall. It has taken time, he said, to adjust to the harder courses and uptick in competition. LeBrun missed the cuts in five of his eight events on tour this year and hasn’t finished higher than 24th at the Puerto Rico Open last month.
Richard H. Lee, a former Husky from Bellevue, is having another good tournament. His 71 puts him at 3-under 139 and is tied for 13th. Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley will not make the cut after another 73 for a 146 total.
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• Bart Bryant and David Frost topped the first-round leaderboard in the Champions Tour’s rain-delayed Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga. 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. Kirk Triplett, a graduate of Pullman High, was 4 over after 12 holes.
• Peter Uihlein of the United States, who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay, shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open in Valencia. Uihlein had six birdies and two bogeys, leaving him at 6-under 138, one stroke ahead of Chile’s Felipe Aguilar, France’s Raphael Jacquelin and Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg.