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 even-par 71 Friday and is 2 over for the tournament, tied for 56th. Anderson shares his experiences this week in a daily diary, as told to reporter Stephen Fastenau.
It was certainly tougher this afternoon. I felt like the wind kicked up in the afternoon. Out here, when it blows, it comes from all different directions, which makes it pretty tricky. That's how it is. That happens about every week out here. One of the draws usually gets a little bit of a disadvantage. But it was nice to be able to hang in there and grind and fight my way through it.
I birdied the first hole right out of the gate, which was nice, and then gave it right back. I was really kind of just hanging in there. And then I hit a nice shot on 18, birdied there. And then I birdied No. 1 after a pretty fortunate putt. I birdied No. 2 finally. And that kind of settled the round down. Coming in, it was just hard to get close to some of those pins. The greens were tricky reads. I just tried to make as many pars as I could.
I hit some good shots coming in. That shot on 8 from the pine straw was really good. I think I had 213, 208 front. I didn't really have a swing. I had a tree in front of me. So I just punched a 3-iron. It actually came out perfect and rolled up perfect. Pretty fortunate, really. The par putt on 9 was nice, to make that. It was good to hit some nice shots coming in and also to make a good putt on the last hole.
I'm just going to try to play solid this weekend, see what happens tomorrow with the weather and just try to post a good score early. I'll be going off early, so I think conditions will be really good. I'll just try and play as good as I can. That's what you've got to do every week.
I'm just going to hit a few balls, probably 10 to 15 balls, and get on out of here, get some dinner and get some sleep.