HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- As expected, after a glorious day on Thursday, cold, wet and rainy weather rolled into the RBC Heritage on Friday. Most of the morning groups finished but 65 players were left on the course when play was suspended and, eventually, called for the day. It will resume at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
"It's not fun when it's blowing 20 miles an hour every different direction and it's raining at the same time," Robert Allenby said. "It was nice to get out of there." Allenby moved from two-under to four-under and into second place by the time play was called.
Luke Donald also sprung up the leader board. His Friday 69 moved him into T-3 by the time play was called. "It looks like I'm on the right side of the draw this week," Donald said. "I hit 15 greens today. If I got a little hotter with the putter, it could have been really special."
But by the time play was called, the lead belonged to K.J. Choi and his yellow golf ball, which he is using for the first time this week. His four-under 67 was the low round of the day by the time play was called, and left him a shot clear of Robert Allenby.
Jordan Spieth got a taste of his own medicine on Friday when he was beat by someone younger than him. Reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, 19, was two-under for most of the day before making a double bogey in bad weather on the 16th hole. He still finished with an even-par 71, one shot better than Jordan Spieth through 36-holes.
Finally, we conducted an audit on PGA Tour players' headwear at the 2014 RBC Heritage. How'd it turn out? Unsurprisingly, a vast majority of players -- almost 80 percent -- still prefer traditional hats. What's more interesting, though, is how flat brims seem to be gaining in popularity. Of the players counted, visors held just an eight percentage point lead over flat brims. Could there be a new preferred secondary-choice of headwear on the PGA Tour sometime soon?