Americans Furyk and Martin join Choi in Heritage lead

Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:25pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Americans Jim Furyk and Ben Martin joined South Korean K.J. Choi in the lead when the second round of the $5.8 million RBC Heritage was completed on Saturday.

Furyk and Martin, among half the field unable to finish the round on Friday before bad weather struck, took advantage of favorable scoring conditions at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island.

With the course softened by torrential rain Friday and overnight and with the wind down, 2010 champion Furyk carded a bogey-free five-under-par 66, while Martin shot a 68.

They matched Choi, who finished his round on Friday, at five-under 137, two shots ahead of a large group including joint first round pacesetter Matt Kuchar and England's Luke Donald


Kuchar certainly benefitted from the delay. He ran up two early double-bogeys in brutal conditions before play was halted on Friday, but was much more assured when he resumed on the seventh hole Saturday, battling his way to a reasonable 73.

"I'm amazed how well the course handled all the rain," 2003 U.S. Open champion Furyk said after recording the best second round score.

Martin was grateful for the Saturday weather reprieve.

"I played four-and-a-half holes yesterday and it was windy and rainy but still pretty firm," the South Carolina native told Golf Channel.   Continued...

U.S. golfer Jim Furyk hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake