Friday’s golf: Wrong birdie — Bird hit in flight
Hilton Head Island, S.C. — Kelly Kraft got a birdie, just not the one he wanted at the RBC Heritage.
Kraft’s ball hit a bird in flight on the par-3 14th hole, and the ball dropped into the water in front of the green.
Kraft made double bogey and finished at 1-over par on Harbour Town Golf Links, missing the cut by a stroke.
Kraft told PGATour.com the bad break cost him the cut. He said his tee shot felt perfect and was on a good line until fate took over.
Kraft’s group asked for a ruling, figuring the player would simply re-tee without penalty. Instead, because the bird is not a man-made object, Kraft had to play it as a ball in the water.
Kraft said his ball glance off a large black bird that flew off after the glancing blow.
Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau shot a career-best 7-under 64 to take the lead on Friday.
Brian Stuard (Jackson) is five shots back and tied for 21st with a three-under 68.
DeChambeau’s first event as a pro was at Harbour Town Golf Links in 2016.
Two years later, he posted his lowest ever on the PGA Tour to get to 10-under 132, one ahead of red-hot Ian Poulter and Si Woo Kim.
Poulter showed he’s not done playing high-level golf with a bogey-free 64. Kim, The Players Championship winner, had a 65 that included a two-shot penalty for touching sand after a bunker shot.
Two shots behind DeChambeau were Chasson Hadley (68), past RBC Heritage winner Brandt Snedeker (64), Luke List (64) and first-round leader Rory Sabbatini (70).
Jay Haas nearly shot his age Friday to take the lead into a 36-hole Saturday finish in the PGA Tour Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Ga.
The 64-year-old Haas birdied the final two holes in breezy conditions at TPC Sugarloaf for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Steve Flesch. Bernhard Langer shot 67, and Gene Sauers and Scott Parel followed at 68.
Facing a forecast of 1 1/2 inches of rain overnight Sunday and the threat of lightning Sunday, tournament officials decided to play both the second and third rounds Saturday.
“The guys were saying we’ve got to play 54, so this gives us that opportunity,” Haas said.
“It will be a long day. Thankfully, we can get in carts.
“This is a long walking golf course.
“I’m pretty whipped today. I didn’t get in the cart today, but I’ll probably be in there a little bit tomorrow.”
Paul Dunne shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open on Friday in Madrid.
The Irishman had nine birdies at the Centro Nacional de Golf, moving to 13-under for the tournament. Dunne finished in style with four birdies in his final five holes.
Brooke Henderson remained bogey-free Thursday to take the second-round lead in the Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Henderson, the 20-year-old Canadian ranked 14th in the world, birdied four of her first six holes.