PGA Tour

Mark Anderson's RBC Heritage Diary: A nice finish, but no time on PGA Tour to savor it

info@islandpacket.comApril 15, 2012 

Beaufort resident Mark Anderson played 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. On Sunday, he shot 3-under-par 68, his best score at the Heritage, and recorded his best finish as a PGA Tour professional, finishing tied for 13th and earning $106, 875. Anderson shared his experiences this week in a daily diary, as told to reporter Stephen Fastenau.

It feels really good. It was an exciting week the entire week, especially today, playing really well in the final round on a tough day. It was tough out there. So it was nice to get that under my belt. And I had a lot of support from the fans, which was great. I think there's another reshuffle coming up. So obviously every dollar counts in the reshuffle. It's nice to play well and make things a little bit easier.

It was really swirling. The wind picked up today and blew as hard as it did all week, so it's not easy out there. The greens got firmer out there in the afternoon. I managed to hit a lot of really good iron shots, which was nice. I made birdie on No. 17, a 7-iron from about 184 yards. It was not easy, playing into the wind. I hit a perfect golf shot. I almost had me a car, so that would have been nice. It was about 10 inches.

I didn't bring a driver this week. I didn't even have it in the bag. I think that's the key out here, play a 3-wood all the way around the golf course and keep it in the fairway as much as I can. I think that's the way to play this course for me. This is my fourth Heritage. I haven't played very well in the previous three, so I figured I've seen a lot of guys try that strategy and I tried it myself. I've got a great 3-wood that I really like, and it really did well this week. I put a 3-iron in my bag in the driver's place.

I'm going to San Antonio tomorrow and then New Orleans and then Charlotte. I'm not definitely in the Wells Fargo Championship, but that's what I'm planning on. I'm going to go home today, repack, get up early and catch a 7:45 a.m. flight going out to San Antonio from Savannah.

It's nice to go home and do some laundry and repack and sleep in my own bed for one night. But I treat it the same as any other tournament. It's a grind.

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