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Heritage Notebook: Three former champs head home

After a second consecutive day of relatively calm conditions at Harbour Town Golf Links, the 36-hole cut fell at even par, matching the lowest cut score in the tournament's history.

The cut has fallen at even par on six previous occasions, including last year.

Although many big names are among the 73 players hanging around Harbour Town for the weekend, several stars ended up on the wrong side, including five-time Heritage champion Davis Love III.

Love had not missed the cut here since he did so in back-to-back years in 1993 and 1994. Love was one of three past Heritage champions who missed the cut, along with 1999 champion Glen Day and 2002 champion Justin Leonard.

Ernie Els, who has seven top-10 finishes in 12 Heritage starts, had his streak of 14 consecutive cuts made on the PGA Tour end. He shot 78 on Friday and finished at 11-over par.

The cut also claimed 10 players with South Carolina ties, including all three Beaufort County residents in the field, as Kyle Stanley, Chris Epperson and Mark Anderson missed the cut.

DRIVING WILD

With its tight, tree-lined fairways, Harbour Town is supposed to put a premium on accuracy off the tee, but Australian Jason Day has managed to get away with most of his wayward drives.

Day has hit only 11 of 28 fairways in the first two rounds, which ranks 127th in the 132-player field, but he's tied for third and two shots off the lead.

"I think the good thing about it is when I do miss the fairway, it's on the right side of the fairway where I can actually have a shot at hitting the green," Day said.

Camilo Villegas, who also is in the four-way tie for third, got away with a wild drive Friday, as well. He yanked his tee shot on the par-5 fifth hole into the trees on the left and feared it was headed out of bounds, but it kicked back into play and he wound up making birdie en route to a 3-under-par 68.

"I got so lucky on 5, it was a joke," Villegas said. "I can't believe I made 4 on that hole. ... I was probably going to make 6 or 7 on that hole, and I made 4. But that's golf."

UNLUCKY NO. 9

For most of the second round, it seemed 2009 Heritage champion Brian Gay was poised to make a run at a second tartan jacket.

Gay was within two shots of the lead when he ran into all kinds of trouble at the par-4 sixth hole, where two penalty strokes and two missed short putts led to a 9. Gay bounced back to birdie the next hole, but he finished at 3-under par for the tournament, seven shots off Luke Donald's lead.

THIS AND THAT

Daniel Summerhays hit the first hole-in-one of the tournament; he aced the 177-yard 17th with an 8-iron. It was the eighth ace in the Heritage since 2007, before which 11 years passed without a hole-in-one. ... Jesper Parnevik and Rocco Mediate withdrew Friday. Parnevik cited a sore neck, but Mediate did not give a reason for his withdrawal.

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