RBC Heritage 2019 Live : The RBC Heritage 2019 is South Carolina’s only PGA golf tournament. The Heritage is held annually at Harbour Town Link Golf course on Hilton Head Island.The RBC Heritage 2019 golf tournament continues Saturday at Harbour Town Golf Links course on Hilton Head, SC.
Shane Lowry holds a one-shot lead in the 2019 RBC Heritage tournament after second-round play was suspended due to darkness on Friday night at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Lowry, who stands at nine-under through 16 holes, was three under on his Round 2 scorecard before conditions were deemed unplayable. A rain delay that halted the action for nearly four hours forced the second round to stretch into Saturday.
Trey Mullinax owns second place at eight-under, while Dustin Johnson and Emiliano Grillo share third place at seven-under. All three finished their second round, but other players have as many as nine holes to complete on Saturday morning.
Shane Lowry started his day with birdies on the first two holes and three of his first five. It was a continuation of his strong play Thursday, when he posted a bogey-free 65 to grab the lead.
“My scores haven’t been great as of late,” he told reporters after Round 1. “But I felt like I’ve been playing OK. So maybe this is a reward for the perseverance.”
Although he cooled off after Friday’s hot start, with one birdie and one bogey over his final 11 holes before the stoppage, he’s still atop the leaderboard. And it’d take a terrific finish from someone to overtake him before the end of Round 2 with five-under the top score among players with holes to finish.
The 32-year-old Irishman is seeking his first PGA Tour win since the 2015 Bridgestone Invitational.
Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked player in the world, is two strokes off the pace after finishing tied for second behind Tiger Woods at last week’s Masters. The 2016 U.S. Open champion has five birdies and one bogey as part of a four-under 67 on Friday.
He’s now shot 70 or better in 20 of his past 21 rounds dating back to the Genesis Open in mid-February.
But it was Emiliano Grillo who stole the spotlight on Friday with an albatross on the par-five fifth hole. His 282-yard drive into fairway left him 254 yards to the hole. He hit the approach shot of a lifetime to go from even par to three under in the blink of an eye.
Lowry, who opened at Harbour Town Golf Links with a 6-under 65 after a 78-73 flameout at the Masters last week, knew conditions were worsening and jumped all over the course as quick as he could with birdies on the first and second holes before storms swept the island resort area.
After waiting out a delay of 3 hours, 43 minutes, Lowry played consistently enough to keep in front. Trey Mullinax was a stroke behind after a 68. Top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Emiliano Grillo were 7 under after 67s.
Lowry was among 56 players who’ll return Saturday morning to complete the second round before starting the third. Mullinax, a shot behind when the round began, tied Lowry with a birdie on the 13th. But the Irishman countered moments later with a two-putt birdie on the 15th to take the lead.
Lowry opened with a 65 to take the first-round lead Thursday. The Irishman birdied his first two holes to get to 8 under before play was halted due to a strong storm system that had caused problems throughout the Southeast this week.
“This is one of those days when you look forward to getting back on the couch and watching the guys (in the afternoon) deal with it,” said past RBC Heritage champion Matt Kuchar, a morning starter who finished before the delay. “It’s one of those struggling days where you have gone through your own struggles and fun to watch your friends go through it.”
Mullinax wouldn’t have minded that, either. But instead he played into the fading light as the wind picked up over his final holes. He said he backed off twice on his five-footer on the 18th to finish with a par.