HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Play has resumed in the second round of the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links.
Players returned to the course at 4:30 p.m. after play had been suspended because of weather moving through the area.
Many spectators returned when they reopened the gates. It helped that we got lucky and the storm passed through quickly and wasn’t as bad as tournament officials feared it might be.
The system to return players to the course was a very organized one. Tournament Director Steven Wilmot directed players to vans corresponding with the hole they were playing when play was called.
Jordan Spieth’s group was going off the first tee when play resumed, so that drew a fairly decent crowd. People were just happy to have the chance to get out and see some more golf.
“Oh, it’s going to be awesome. We’re pulling for DJ,” said Jim Youker, Heritage fan from Charleston.
“I love coming to Heritage, and it doesn’t matter if it rains or not. It’s always fun to come and watch some golf,” said Samantha Fowler.
We spoke to the Communications Director for the tournament who says in her 16 years, this has been the only time fans were allowed to come back after evacuating, and the second time the media center has been evacuated.
The whole situation created a unique experience for the fans.
“Pretty surreal, you know. There were about 30,000 people here and then all of a sudden, nobody. It was really neat. We were able to watch some of the players and interact with them, and it was really great when the storm let up,” said volunteer, Noel Gaulard.
The second round will not get completed Friday as some players have not even teed off. That means a long day Saturday - completing round 2, making the cut, and trying to get a full third round in before Sunday.
For now, Lowry is through 16 holes at -9. Former Alabama standout Trey Mullinax is one shot back at -8, while world #1 Dustin Johnson is two shots back with Emiliano Grillo who fired just the second albatross at the Heritage since 1983.