RBC Heritage Notebook: Albatross Alters Grillo’s 2nd Round

One shot transformed Emiliano Grillo’s ho-hum second round at the 51st RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing into one he won’t soon forget.

After playing his first 13 holes Friday at even par, Grillo hit a hybrid from 254 yards on his second shot at the par-5 5th hole and turned his round upside-down.

“It was a perfect shot. Perfect distance. Perfect everything. Perfect wind,” Grillo said. “It was one of those that was good, but you never expect it to go in. … You’re trying to make 4 and you get 2.”

The second albatross at the Heritage since 1983 — and the fourth on the PGA Tour this season — vaulted the 26-year-old from Argentina into contention. He sits at 7-under through 36 holes, tied for third and two shots behind leader Shane Lowry, who has two holes left in his second round.  

Grillo is seeking his second PGA Tour win and his first since winning the 2015 Safeway Open in his first start as an official PGA Tour member. 

Defending champ rebounds

He’s still a long way from contention, but defending champion Satoshi Kodaira rebounded from a 2-over 73 in the first round to fire a 3-under 68 on Friday and ensure he will stick around for the weekend. 

Kodaira jumpstarted his second round with three straight birdies on holes No. 15-17 before making two bogeys and two birdies on the front nine (his second nine). 

The cut is coming

When the second round is completed Saturday morning, the field will be cut to the low 70 players, including ties. The projected cut currently sits at even par, with 72 players sticking around for the final 36 holes, but seven players who are at even have yet to complete their rounds, so that number could move.

Among the notable players who apparently will miss the cut are two-time champion Jim Furyk (+4), 2018 runner-up Si Woo Kim (+5), young star Bryson DeChambeau (+1), reigning Players Amateur champion John Augenstein (+4), Beaufort’s Mark Anderson (+3), Savannah native Brian Harman (+4), and former Hilton Head Island resident D.J. Trahan (+6).

This and that

The course took on 0.38 inches of rain Friday afternoon with wind gusts of up to 45 mph during the delay. … When play was suspended Friday night, 56 players had yet to complete their rounds. … The last eight Heritage winners have trailed by at least two shots after 36 holes. … Lowry is trying to become the fifth international winner of the Heritage in the last eight years and the third in the past four years. 

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