Kevin Streelman looks ready to make contending at PGA Tour events a habit, while Brandt Snedeker was poised for an early exit at the RBC Heritage in the rain-delayed second round Friday.
Streelman, who won his first tour title last month at the Tampa Bay Championships, shot a 1-under 70 before the wind picked up at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C. He was tied at 6 under with Charley Hoffman and 34-year-old rookie Steve LeBrun.
Hoffman, like Streelman, followed an opening 66 with a 70. LeBrun shot his second straight 68. Luke Donald and Bill Haas were a stroke back. Donald had a 68, and Haas shot 69.
The biggest surprise was Snedeker, at No. 5 the highest-ranked player in the field. Days after leading the Masters on Sunday before faltering, the 2011 Harbour Town winner opened with a 73 and added a 71 to finish at 2 over — one over the projected cut line.
Seventeen players were unable to finish. The rain was forecast to continue overnight before the front moves out to sea.
Streelman had three birdies in his first four holes. He added a final birdie on the par-5 15th and parred out to move on top and put himself in contention.
US Open champion Webb Simpson shot even-par to stay three shots behind at 3 under. Marc Leishman, who tied for fourth at Augusta National, had his troubles, too — he sailed an approach shot on No. 9 that struck a woman in the grandstands — yet recovered for a 71 to stay two shots behind.
Brian Davis, who led with a first-round 65, was 5 over on his first nine holes to fall back with a 75.
LPGA — Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 at wind-swept Ko Olina to maintain a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii. The 10-time LPGA Tour winner who’s ranked sixth in the world, had a 14-under 202 total.
South Korea’s Hee Kyung Seo was second after a 66. She made three straight birdies on the back nine for a share of the lead, but dropped back with a bogey on the par-4 18th. Defending champion Ai Miyazato was third at 11 under after a 70.
Champions — Bart Bryant and David Frost topped the first-round leaderboard in the rain-delayed Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga. Bryant completed a 4-under 68, and Frost was 4 under with five holes left. There were 57 players on the course when the round was suspended because of darkness.
European — Peter Uihlein, a New Beford, Mass., native, shot a 4-under-par 68 to take a one-shot lead over Felipe Aguilar, Raphael Jacquelin, and Rikard Karlberg after the second round of the Spanish Open in Valencia.