RBC Heritage

Heritage Notebook: Beaufort's Anderson finishes up with his best round of week

ksalter@islandpacket.com, sfastenau@islandpacket.comApril 20, 2014 

Russell Knox reacts to a missed putt on No. 18 during the final round of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing on Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island S.C. Knox had the top finish of any Heritage newcomer, tying for ninth place.

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By the time Matt Kuchar dropped his winning shot Sunday, Mark Anderson had celebrated Easter with family and was preparing for New Orleans.

The Beaufort resident made the cut on the number at his home event and finished tied for 68th after a 1-under-par 70. The final round was his best of the week, and he hopes some momentum travels with him.

"That was the whole goal of today, to find something that was going to work next week," Anderson said. "The first three days I had some good things and a lot of bad things. Today I just wanted to find a swing that felt good."

Anderson and playing partner Tommy Gainey, in the first group off at 8 a.m., played in 2 hours, 55 minutes in the mist. The rain intensified on the final two holes on the Calibogue Sound.

It was not until the pair putted out that the weather improved.

Anderson made long putts for birdie on Nos. 10 and 14 after nine pars on the front side.

"I hadn't made too many of those this year," he said. "It was nice."

SC STANDOUTS AT HERITAGE

Greenwood's Ben Martin put himself in contention to win late on Sunday before a miscue on No. 15 derailed his championship aspirations. Still, Martin did enough to finish tied for third. That put him at the head of the pack in terms of home-state contestants.

William McGirt, a Boiling Springs resident and Wofford College's lone representative on the PGA Tour, was tied for the lead after the first round. He bookended his tournament with a pair of 5-under rounds to finish tied for ninth in his fourth RBC Heritage appearance.

USC Aiken graduate and North Augusta resident Scott Brown tallied a 67 in the final round to finish tied for fifth in his second appearance at the Heritage.

Savannah's Brian Harman finished tied for seventh at 6 under.

Clemson graduate Jonathan Byrd finished at even par, leaving him tied for 31st.

AMATEUR'S HOUR

Matthew Fitzpatrick, the lone amateur remaining in the field following Saturday's cut, impressed all weekend with stellar play. The Englishman, just 19, closed the tournament at 2 under and tied for 23rd.

PAST CHAMPS UNABLE TO REPEAT

Six of 13 former Heritage winners made the cut, but only one, Jim Furyk, finished in the top 10. Furyk, the 2010 champion, closed the tournament at 6 under to tie for seventh. Defending champion Graeme McDowell finished tied for 23rd at 2 under.

NOTABLE FINISHES

  • Pat Perez highlighted the early pairings by carding a 7-under 64, good enough to tie him with champion Kuchar for the day's best round. Perez entered the day tied for 55th and finished at 3 under in a tie for 18th.

  • Russell Knox was the most successful first-timer at the RBC Heritage, coming in a tie for ninth at 5 under.

  • Masters runner-up Jordan Spieth finished tied for 12th at 4 under.
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