Beaufort's Mark Anderson showing consistency on PGA Tour

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comApril 11, 2012 

Mark Anderson feels he can squeeze more from his game, that lower numbers are out there.

But until then, the Beaufort resident and PGA Tour rookie can be content with his consistency. He has made five consecutive PGA Tour cuts entering this week at Harbour Town Golf Links, with his only miss coming early in the season at the Sony Open.

His most recent event, at the Shell Houston Open the week before the Masters, Anderson strung together four rounds under par, finished tied for 29th and earned his second biggest check of the season to pass six figures.

"I felt like I should have scored better, but I played well considering I didn't really feel like I was playing my best the beginning of the week," Anderson said. "But my ball-striking came around, and I actually felt pretty good with the putter. And overall, it was a pretty good week."

Anderson had some time off prior to Houston and said he wasn't pleased with the way he prepared, that he would try for more effective practice time during Masters week.

The Nationwide Tour graduate expects more events to open up after the Masters, when many players flock to play European Tour events. After the RBC Heritage, Anderson will travel to San Antonio and New Orleans and then hopes to earn a spot in the Wells Fargo Championship. He lists Quail Hollow Club, in Charlotte, N.C., among his top three layouts.

"It's a great golf course -- ton of fun," Anderson said. "It's got a lot of risk/reward holes and it's always in impeccable shape, so it's definitely up there."

The 26-year-old has played Harbour Town once since missing the cut in 2011, visiting Sea Pines during his time off before Houston. Despite changes to the layout adding length to some holes, Anderson said he left his driver at home and worked his way around the Pete Dye design with a 3-wood.

Anderson returned from Texas disappointed with his short game.

"That's usually a strong part of my game, and I felt like it was below average, at best," Anderson said. "I'm going to try and work on that and keep practicing my putting. And (the RBC Heritage) comes around, try to go out and figure out how to play that golf course."

Finding the lower scores is a matter of becoming comfortable during tournament play, Anderson said.

"I think I've been able to do that pretty well as far as getting comfortable and playing out there and enjoying myself and just going out there and playing golf," he said. "I think that's come along nicely. I'm just looking to improve every single week."

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