Jason Bohn has now made four consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour.
Not necessarily that great of an accomplishment for a tour player, unless you consider there were six weeks of recovery from a heart attack between the third and fourth made cuts.
Bohn was 4-over par in the 48th RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links after he bogeyed the eighth hole Friday, but he rallied with birdies on holes 9, 12 and 13 to shoot a 69 in the second round and make the cut by two shots at 1-over 143.
“This was a big round of golf for me,” said Bohn, who suffered the heart attack during and/or after the second round of the Honda Classic. “I’m really proud of the way I kind of hung in there. To par the last couple of holes coming in out here, being this windy in these conditions was great for me. It brought the adrenaline back.”
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Bohn said he feels good both about his health and his game going into the weekend.
“I feel awesome, actually,” he said. “I can tell you the last couple of holes coming in I felt [the adrenaline], which is great. I put a little stress on the old ticker today, so that's good.”
There may be validity to the Masters hangover at the Heritage.
Of the four players who finished in the top 10 at Augusta National last week, only world No. 1 Jason Day, who is tied for the Heritage lead, made the cut Friday to the weekend.
World No. 24 Paul Casey and Matthew Fitzpatrick missed the cut by a shot at 3-over 145, and No. 15 and 2011 Heritage champion Brandt Snedeker missed it by three shots at 147.
Going to the top 20 finishers at the Masters, four of six missed the cut as Billy Horschel is tied for 21st at 2-under 140 and Danny Lee missed the cut.
Others missing the cut include 2013 Heritage winner Graeme McDowell, two-time winner Stewart Cink, K.J. Choi and Carolinas PGA teaching pro Kelly Mitchum of Pinehurst, N.C., who shot rounds of 76 and 75.
The back story
Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey of Bishopville was headed for a big week at Harbour Town.
Gainey, now a member of the Web.com Tour after losing his full status on the PGA Tour after the 2014 season, got a start in the Heritage through a sponsor exemption given by tournament organizers.
He shot a 2-under 69 Thursday and was contending for the lead in the second round after playing his first 10 holes Friday 2-under par. But Gainey apparently injured or reinjured his back on the 11th hole, made a quadruple-bogey 8 and withdrew from the tournament citing the back injury.
Gainey’s agent, Paul Graham of Columbia, said Friday it was too early to tell if the injury will keep Gainey out of action for an extended period.
Gainey has played in just four PGA Tour events this season, missing two cuts and finishing 74th, and has missed three cuts in five events on the Web.com Tour with ties for 58th and 28th. So this was potentially an important week for him.
Gainey appeared on Golf Channel’s Big Break golf reality competition show before earning PGA Tour status from 2008-14. He won the 2012 McGladrey Classic (now RSM Classic) with a Sea Island course-record 60 in the final round, but has been beset with injuries for the past few years.
Eric Compton, the recipient of two heart transplants, also withdrew Friday after nine holes without providing a reason to tour officials, and Harris English withdrew after shooting a 77 Thursday citing a right wrist injury.
WD draws reaction
PGA Tour veteran and past Masters champion Mike Weir withdrew after shooting an opening-round 78 Thursday, and PGA Tour rookie Dawie van der Walt shared his opinion of Weir on Twitter.
A 33-year-old Tour rookie from South Africa, van der Walt was the second alternate into the field this week and didn’t get in.
“Gota love a guy who gets an invite into a Tour event and then WD after the first round #hangitupmike,” van der Walt wrote, according to Golf.com, in a tweet that was later deleted.
van der Walt was contrite about his tweet in later tweets that were still on his Twitter page Friday.
“I should not have said that its nothing against him it's just when you hurt and WD and other could have played,” he wrote, adding “I like him great player but he is hurt. I should not have said that.”
Weir is a member of Team RBC as one of the bank’s endorsed players on tour, and the tournament title sponsor would want Weir in the field. He has been struggling mightily, however, withdrawing or missing the cut in each of his last 22 PGA Tour starts and shooting over par in all 12 of his competitive rounds this year.
Graham DeLaet, a Canadian and Team RBC member who is 3 under through two rounds of the Heritage, responded to van der Walt with the tweet: “classy tweet.”
Matt Kuchar has a tartan jacket for winning the 2014 RBC Heritage. Now he has some shoes to match.
Kuchar wears Sketchers golf shoes, and he has been sporting some that feature plaid accents to commemorate playing in the RBC Heritage.
“I have to put these up in the clubhouse if I win here,” Kuchar said. “Sketchers has been a great partner and they do some fun things for me. I’ve gotten some great comments on the plaid shoes this week.”