Beaufort resident Mark Anderson is playing in his third consecutive Heritage. He missed Friday's cut and finished the tournament 7 over par. He shares his experience with a daily diary, as told to reporter Sam McDowell.
I just didn't putt. Couldn't putt today. I couldn't make anything from inside 10 feet. I made a lot of shots to set up birdies and pars, but I couldn't convert anything. To play this golf course well, you have to make some up-and-down opportunities, and I didn't convert any of them in the second round.
I don't know what's wrong with the putter, but it's not very good right now. I have to do something different -- turn my hat around backwards, switch putters, do something. I've been struggling with it all year, and it's not getting any better. The harder I work at it, it doesn't seem to help. It definitely doesn't breed any confidence for your round when you're not making those short ones. I second-guessed my reads a couple of times today, but really it wasn't bad reading that hurt me. It was pulling and pushing putts.
A lot of the guys are using the belly putters. I might try that. I've never tried it before, but anything has to be better than what I've got going on right now. I'm going to give a bunch of different things a try, and we'll see what happens.
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I felt like I hit the ball really nicely off the tee actually, which is usually the key to this golf course. I hit some good iron shots, but it's hard to get any momentum when you can't convert the birdies. I'm pretty happy with my game; I just have to figure out how to get the ball in the hole a little more quickly.
It's been a fun week. What a great tournament. Everybody here is so great. Everybody that volunteers is fantastic. It's the best tournament that I'll play all year. I'm really happy to be a part of it, and I really hope it continues.
I'm going to Valdosta (Ga.) next week for a Nationwide Tour event, the South Georgia Classic. I expect to win. That's the plan. I feel like I'm hitting it well enough, and my game is right there. If I can get the ball in the hole a little more quickly, I'll be right there.