The PGA Tour travels to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina this week for the RBC Heritage. Players were greeted by chilly, blustery conditions for rounds one and two with winds between 15 and 25 miles per hour and temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
Will Wilcox got off to slow start in his opening round on Thursday. Teeing off on the back nine first, Wilcox found himself 4 over par thru his first 8 holes in the difficult conditions, including a double bogey 5 on the difficult par three 14th hole–the most difficult on the Sea Pines lay out. Ever the fighter, Wilcox battled back on his final nine holes with birdies on 1, 3, 6 and 9. Thanks to a score of three under par 33, Will was able to post a very respectable score of 1 over par 72. A practice session on the range after the round showed signs of progress in his ball-striking and an optimism for Friday’s second round.
The weather forecast for Friday called for blustery winds, and potential rain throughout the afternoon. A 1:20PM tee time awaited Mr. Wilcox off the first tee, and thankfully the rain held off for much of the day. Thru three holes, Wilcox had yet to make a par with a bogey-birdie-double bogey start for 2 over par thru three holes. Pars on holes 4 thru 7 settled the round, before Will made birdie on the difficult 8th hole from 10 feet after sticking it from 198 yards. Will played aggressive on the short and narrow 332 yard par four 9th hole, hitting this tee shot just short of the green and converting the up and down for his second consecutive birdie. Will made the turn even par for the day, and 1 over for the tournament just inside the “cut-line”.
A solid day of ball striking continued on the back nine as Will made stress free pars to open his final nine of the day on holes 10 thru the difficult 14th par three. An approach shot into the par 5 15th to 17 inches set up his fourth birdie of the day. On the difficult par four 16th, Will drained a 24 foot birdie putt from across the green to the front left hole location for two in a row to get him to minus two for the day and a tie for 33rd place. After missing the green long and right on the tricky par 3 17th hole, Will made a tidy up and down from 45 feet for par.
A bogey on the 18th, his final hole, left Will 1 under for the day and even par for the event–tied for 39th place…just 6 shots off the lead with 36 holes left to play.
A 10:09AM tee time awaits for Saturday’s third round.