Korean K.J. Choi beats bad weather to take Heritage lead

Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:04pm EDT
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(Reuters) - South Korean K.J. Choi wielded a hot putter to vault into the lead before torrential rain and strong winds halted the second round at the $5.8 million RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Friday.

Choi made use of his advantageous early tee time, holing out three times from outside 20 feet on his way to a four-under-par 67 to post a five-under 137 halfway total at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island.

Competition was stopped just before 3 p.m. with half the field still on the course and the round was rescheduled for completion early Saturday, weather permitting.

Australian Robert Allenby was best of those whose rounds were interrupted, one stroke behind Choi after completing just five holes.

Joint first round leader Matt Kuchar endured a nightmare start, making two double-bogeys in six holes to plunge four strokes behind Choi.

"I'm very happy finishing before the rain," Choi told PGATour.com. "Even in the morning it's very tough, wind blowing. Today the putting, I make a lot."

Choi, 43, has won eight times on the PGA Tour, though only once since 2008.

His halfway score was two shots better than Englishman Luke Donald (69) and Americans Billy Hurley (69) and Scott Langley

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