• Frittelli steady as Simpson moves clear

    Dylan Frittelli
    Dylan Frittelli

    Dylan Frittelli will start Saturday four back of American Webb Simpson at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head after a second round 69, writes WADE PRETORIUS.

    Statistically it was no round to brag of with 8 of 14 fairways hit and just 8 of 18 greens in regulation but the John Deere Classic winner remains in the hunt.

    Frittelli was -1 through the turn before a double bogey saw his round needing a spark. He got that lift shortly thereafter with three putts on his 11th, 14th and 15th holes dropping for some 30 feet in total. Those birdies helped him maintain his place inside the top 10 where Simpson, who has a pair of 65s, leads Bryson DeChambeau and Canada’s Corey Connors.

    Next best from a local viewpoint is Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who did not miss a putt inside 10 feet all day en route to a 69 that leaves him in 25th place at -6.

    For Charl Schwartzel, the only number that matters is his second round 67 which moved him up 39 places to share 46th. The former Masters champion hit nearly 66% of fairways and only 50% of greens on Friday. Three birdies in his opening four holes set the tone and he will head into the weekend buoyed by his touch with the putter; he made up 1.4 strokes on the field on the putting surface in round two.

    Branden Grace will be looking to move up the board on Saturday after adding another 69 to his tournament tally. It was a good day out for the reigning SA Open champion with 10 fairways found on the narrow layout in South Carolina where he won in 2016. He will regret finding the water off the tee on the short par 3 14th which led to a double bogey. Two birdies on his inward nine should be enough for a secured cut in his second week in the tour’s revised calendar.

    Louis Oosthuizen will be heading home despite hitting 13 greens in regulation during his second round. SA’s No 1 finished with a second 73 after losing more than 3 strokes to the field on the putting surface on Friday.

     

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