PGA Tour

Mark Anderson's RBC Heritage Diary: Not a bad first round, considering conditions

info@islandpacket.comApril 12, 2012 

Beaufort resident Mark Anderson is playing his fourth consecutive Heritage. Anderson earned his 2012 PGA Tour card after finishing in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list last season. He shot 2-over-par 73 Thursday and is tied for 63rd. Anderson shares his experiences this week in a daily diary, as told to reporter Stephen Fastenau.

It was cold, which made it a little bit different than what we'd seen lately. And the wind was blowing considerably harder in the morning than it is right now. That always makes Harbour Town tricky, especially when it swirls around. It just makes hitting good golf shots really tough. It was tough this morning. I figured around even par would be good.

I played well. I just had one bad hole. I had a double on a par 5 (No. 15). I'd expect a birdie most of the time. I just played that hole poorly. I hit three bad shots to start the hole. The tee shot was bad, the second shot was bad, the third shot was worse, so you can't expect to make a good score when you have three bad shots in one hole.

It was a solid round of golf. I thought I putted well today and scrambled nicely when I needed to. I didn't hit a lot of greens, but I managed to keep it in places where I could get up and down. I played pretty sold. Overall, 73 in the morning is probably below the scoring average I'd imagine, so it wasn't too bad.

I hit some putts after the round. The putter felt really good, so that was nice. And then I just went out and tried to hit some 3-woods. I struggled off the tee today. I missed the ball both ways. The shots that hurt me the most were shots I missed to the right. I've tended to do that this year. I just worked on aiming it down the right and trying to turn it over.

I just wanted to go find something, hit a few good shots before I go to bed tonight. That's basically all I worked on. I figured out at least how to hit it pretty solid on the range, so I've got to take it to the course.

I'm going to go home, shower, relax. I don't know what time it is, but I'll read a book, maybe hang out with a few friends I think are in town and then call it an early night and get some sleep. Same group tomorrow.

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