Saturday, April 17, 2021
Stewart Cink turns 48 on May 21 but one would never know it after he took a record-breaking 36-hole lead at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head. With his 24-year-old son, Reagen, on the bag, Cink added a second straight 8-under-par 63 to Thursday's opener to take a five-stroke lead over Corey Conners, who shot 67-64-131.
Cink is looking for his third title in the event at Harbour Town Golf Links, winning for the first time in 2000 and repeating four years later. His record 126 total is three better than the former mark of 129 shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. Cink won the Safeway Open in September and has posted five other top 20's during the 2020-2021 season, including a tie for 12th at the Masters last week.
Following Conners in third is Emiliano Grillo (68-64-132, -10), and there's a seven-way logjam at 9 under-133 which includes Gator Billy Horschel (66-67). Gator Camilo Villegas is tied for 19th with 69-68-137, 5 under, but Brian Gay missed the cut of -2 with even-par 142. Seminole Daniel Berger made it with 67-71-138, 4 under.
Ted Potter missed his third straight cut with 73-72-145, 3 over par after a ho-hum second round in which he made just one birdie and two bogeys. In round 1, Ted had it to 2 under par after 13 holes, but he made two bogeys and a double over the last five holes.
Webb Simpson, the defending champ, is tied for 40th at 3 under with rounds of 71-68-139.
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