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|Noh books third straight start at the Zurich||04-18-2014|
Seung-yul Noh is listed in the published field of next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
|Noh had to walk off the Golf Club of Houston two weeks ago due to a wrist injury. That ended his consecutive cuts made streak at 11. At 66th in FedExCup points, he's comfortably projected to qualify for the Playoffs, but consider letting him go it alone in the bayou as his lone payday in two appearance resulted in a T66 in 2012.|
|O'Hair ready to go next week in New Orleans||04-18-2014|
Sean O'Hair is listed in the published field of next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
|We last saw the four-time PGA TOUR winner in Houston where he had to withdraw during his third round due to a stomach virus. Since, he's fallen outside the bubble for the FedExCup Playoffs and currently sits 129th in points. He's 2-for-3 at TPC Louisiana with a T15 in his debut in 2007.|
|Greg Chalmers commits to the Zurich Classic||04-18-2014|
Greg Chalmers is listed in the published field of next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
|Assuming he's good to go, he'll be returning from a back injury that forced him to withdraw from this week's RBC Heritage during the opening round. Oddly enough, Chalmers had to call it quits during his second round of last year's stop at Harbour Town due to an injury to his left hand. Those WDs account for two-thirds of his career total in 349 PGA TOUR appearances. He's cashed in all five tries at TPC Louisiana, including top 10s in 2010 and 2011. The lefty also shares the course record with a 64 in his second round in 2012.|
|RBC second round halted; restart at 8:00am ET||04-18-2014|
|The second round of the RBC Heritage has been suspended until 8:00 a.m. ET on Saturday.||The horn blew on 65 golfers at 2:54 p.m. as sideways rain made it unfair to play on. Approximately four inches of rain is expected. Lift, clean and place was invoked for the round, but scoring remained difficult. Jeff Maggert went out in the first threesome off the 10th tee and completed 12 holes before the delay. He's 5-over-par on the round and 4-over through 30 holes, one stroke outside the cut line.|
|Weather suspends second round at Harbour Town||04-18-2014|
The second round of the RBC Heritage was suspended at 2:54 p.m. ET due to inclement weather.
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|This wasn't unexpected. Cold temperatures and windy conditions already made play challenging, but rain forced the stoppage. Sixty-five golfers in today's late draw were stranded, none completing more than 12 holes. PGA TOUR rookie Tyrone Van Aswegen is 1-over-par through three. He went out in the last threesome off the first tee. With nasty weather forecast for the remainder of the day, don't be surprised if they're done for the day. We'll keep you posted.|
|McGirt hits only five greens in second round||04-18-2014|
|Overnight co-leader William McGirt blew up for a 5-over-par 39-37=76 in his second round of the RBC Heritage.||McGirt split six (of 14) fairways but found only five greens in regulation today. When the dust settled, he had squared seven bogeys, including a conversion from 18'10" at the par-3 14th hole where he rinsed his tee ball. He started out great, holing a birdie try from 14'4" at 10, but all that did was lay the foundation for false hope. At even-par 142 at the break, he's five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.|
|Hurley III bogey-free; 8-for-8 in scrambling||04-18-2014|
|Billy Hurley III|
|Billy Hurley III twirled a bogey-free, 2-under-par 34-35=69 in his second round of the RBC Heritage to post 3-under 139, two strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.||He hit only 10 greens in regulation and circled two birdies, but today's scoring average is likely going to showcase this as one of the rounds of the day. Toss in the fact that this is his first appearance at Harbour Town and he entered on an 0-for-3 skid. Hurley III opened par-birdie-par-birdie, the last conversion measuring 14'6" at the par-3 fourth hole.|
|Donald in position yet again at the Heritage||04-18-2014|
|Luke Donald is 3-under-par 70-69=139 at the midpoint of the RBC Heritage, just two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.||Here he goes again. It doesn't matter how he's playing upon arrival at Harbour Town, he almost always contends. Since 2009, he has a P2, a T2 and two T3s. Today he went 3-for-4 in scrambling and buried three birdies, including runs of 14'2" and 16'5" at Nos. 15 and 17, respectively.|
|Schwartzel staples a pair of 70s in his debut||04-18-2014|
|Charl Schwartzel is 2-under-par 70-70=140 at the halfway point of the RBC Heritage.||The new daddy seems to be enjoying his first appearance at Harbour Town. Today's loop included four birdies, including rolls from 18'6" and 25'6" at Nos. 1 and 9, respectively. He went bogey-double bogey at 7 and 8, but sits just three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.|
|Ogilvy a surprise on the Heritage leaderboard||04-18-2014|
|Geoff Ogilvy arrived at the midpoint of the RBC Heritage in 2-under-par 72-68=140, just three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.||The Aussie is 5-for-11 on the season with a T11 at the Valero Texas Open three weeks ago, so it's turning into yet another forgettable chapter in a career that peaked years ago. But you never know in this game. Today's walk around Harbour Town was highlighted by five birdies, including a conversion from 18'3" at the par-4 16th hole and a walk-off hole-out from a greenside bunker 13 yards away at the par-4 18th. His only gaffe was a biggie, however. After missing the green short and left of the par-4 10th, it took him two swings to find the putting surface on which he two-putted from 50 inches.|
|Bill Haas withdraws from RBC before 2nd round||04-18-2014|
|Bill Haas withdrew from the RBC Heritage prior to his second round.||Haas was scheduled to go off the first tee at 12:50 p.m. ET. He opened with a 1-over-par 36-36=72. It's the first time in 251 PGA TOUR starts that he's withdrawn during a tournament and it ends his consecutive cuts made streak at 14. He co-led the Shell Houston Open after 18 holes and sat alone at the top of the Masters after one round, but went on to finish T37 and T20, respectively. If an explanation is released for today's decision, we will relay it to you.|
|K.J. Choi establishes 36-hole clubhouse lead||04-18-2014|
|K.J. Choi spun a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in his second round of the RBC Heritage to post 5-under 137 at the midpoint, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.||Choi hit 11 greens in regulation today and picked off six birdies, including a hole-out from the rough seven yards away at the par-4 11th. All of his other par breakers were of the conventional method and included conversions from 14 feet, 24'2" and 23'3" at Nos. 2, 8 and 16, respectively. He also saved par from 10'1" at the par-4 third. The South Korean tied for 18th at Harbour Town last year.|
|N. Thompson keeps form alive at Harbour Town||04-18-2014|
|Nicholas Thompson has opened the RBC Heritage with a pair of 1-under-par 70s.||The perennial Quadruple-A talent entered the week sitting 134th in FedExCup points despite no top 20s. However, he's placed T26 (Bay Hill) and T24 (Houston) in his last three starts. Today at Harbour Town, he signed for 35s on each nine with four birdies and three bogeys. (There are two par 5s on the front, but just one on the back.) His longest birdie measured 13 feet at the par-5 15th, but he also holed a par save from 10'10" at 17 and jarred a par from the rough eight yards away at 7. He's one back of the early 36-hole clubhouse lead.|
|Langley scratches back in his second round||04-18-2014|
|Overnight co-leader Scott Langley followed his opening 66 at the RBC Heritage with a 2-over-par 38-35=73 in the second round to post 3-under 139.||He started on No. 10 and fell to birdie-free 5-over after 11 holes before finally righting the ship with three birdies coming in. The set consisted of rolls from 12'4", 25'2" and 10'3" at the fourth, eighth and ninth holes, respectively. He also poured in a par save from 11'11" at 11, but whiffed on a pair of tries from five feet and in. He's the early 36-hole clubhouse leader.|
|Larraz bal jumps in a lake to avoid hornets||04-18-2014|
During his second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Pablo Larraz bal found refuge in a lake after being attacked by hornets.
|He was playing the par-5 fifth hole when the dangerous insects were seemingly attracted to his shirt. "They were three times the size of bees," he said. "They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. I didn't know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake. I ran to the lake, threw my scorecard down, took off my shoes and jumped in the water. It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I've never been so scared." Naturally, he birdied the hole and shot 4-under 68. "The referees and a doctor took me aside and gave me a couple of injections and told me to relax. After the injections I felt a lot better and could continue. Without the help of the referees I couldn't have finished the round, because I was in no state to play golf."|
|Details emerge to explain Marino's absence||04-18-2014|
In a feature at Golfweek.com, Jim McCabe explained why Steve Marino hadn't competed in 2014 until his first round of the RBC Heritage.
|After missing the cut at the OHL Classic of Mayakoba, the final stop before the holiday break, Marino injured his left leg after jumping onto a sandbar from his boat. He fractured the fibula and tore ligaments in his ankle. Note that this is the same leg on which he had surgery in his knee in October of 2011. He also received a stem call injection to aid in the healing process. Only recently was he comfortable in walking 18 holes in competition. "I feel really good," Marino said. "I think I'm ready." Suddenly, his opening 72 at Harbour Town looks a little better.|