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PGA Tour Saturday Morning Report at the Verizon Heritage

Andy Reistetter@GolfWriter59Analyst IApril 17, 2010

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 17:  Jim Furyk hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the Verizon Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links on April 17, 2010 in Hilton Head lsland, South Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Featured Columnist Andy Reistetter is on site at the Verizon Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

 The associated video is available on YouTube.com at the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhESMgtPCfs

Hello again this is Andy Reistetter,

Does success or failure at the Masters lead to success just down the road here at Harbour Town in the Verizon Heritage?

K.J. Choi who played with Tiger all four rounds at Augusta National matching his fourth place finish started off hot at the Heritage leading after round one with a 64.

He played 10 strokes worse on Friday dropping 22 spots.

Jim Furyk who won earlier this year at the Transitions, played terribly at the Masters shooting 80-76 is tied for the lead after starting 67-68.

What a difference a week makes on the PGA Tour!

What a difference a day makes on the PGA TOUR!

Blake Adams opened with a six-over 77 on Thursday.

The PGA TOUR rookie shot an eight-under 63 on Friday.

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That my friends is a 14-stroke improvement in one day!

Most impressive about Adams' comeback is that he needed just 18 putts in 18 holes.

This ties the PGA TOUR record with seven other golfers.

The last to do it?

Ken Duke in the third round of the World Golf Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral Resort last year.

We have one heck of a tournament going this week on Hilton Head Island, S.C. 

The Jack Nicklaus-Pete Dye designed course, their only collaboration in the world by the way, is playing tough this week.

Given the unpredictable swirling winds amongst tall pine trees, compounded with narrow fairways and small greens, it is no surprise the course average is right at even par 71.

The cut came right there too, with 82 players at even par 142, advancing to the weekend.

With that many players remaining, this is one of those weeks that there will also be a 54-hole cut again to the low 70 players and ties for the final round.

Some players will "make the cut but will not finish," supposedly for better television viewing purposes.

Tied with Furyk for the lead are Charles Howell III and Greg Owen.

Howell, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, last won in 2007 at the Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club.

Owen, an Englishman has played in 115 PGA Tour events. If he wins the Heritage it will be his first win on the PGA Tour. 

It’s a bunched up leader board with three co-leaders.

Five golfers are one stroke back and then another 13 golfers are two strokes back.

Other notables remaining in the competition for the plaid tartan jacket:

Byeong-Hun An, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion is the first amateur to make the cut since 1992. He is one of only eight in the 42-year history of the Heritage.

Boo Weekley the back-to-back champion in 2007 and 2008 is one of those one stroke back after opening 69-70. Always a contender here he finished T13 last year.

John Daly is back making the cut, his fourth in a row. The last time he did that was in 2005.

The birthday boy and five-time champion Davis Love III made the cut on the number in his twenty fifth consecutive start at the Heritage.

Defending champion Brian Gay who set all sorts of records here last year also made the cut on the number.

So we have an awesome tournament going this week.

Grab a cocktail and enjoy the rest of tournament week here at the Heritage.

This is Andy Reistetter. Good golfing and good living to you my friends!  

Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.

 

He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.

 

He enjoys pursuing his passion for the game of golf and everything associated with it. He can be reached through his website www.MrHickoryGolf.net or by e-mailing him to AndyReistetter@gmail.com

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