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Tampa Bay Championship winner leads at PGA event at Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Kevin Streelman looks ready to make contending on the PGA Tour a habit, and Brandt Snedeker was poised for an early exit at the RBC Heritage in the rain-interrupted second round Friday.

Streelman, who won his first tour title last month at the Tampa Bay Championships at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, shot 1-under 70 before the wind picked up at Harbour Town Golf Links. He was tied at 6 under with Charley Hoffman (70) and 34-year-old rookie Steve LeBrun (68).

Luke Donald (68) and Bill Haas (69) were a stroke back.

Snedeker, who led the Masters on Sunday before faltering, opened with 73 and shot 71 Friday to finish 2 over, one over the projected cut line.

Conditions worsened throughout the day, and 17 players were unable to finish. The rain was forecast to continue overnight before the front moved out to sea and brought cooler weather but no rain.

The round was scheduled to resume at 8 this morning, followed by the third round.

Streelman said his life hasn't changed much since the victory at Innisbrook, just his approach to the game.

"I do feel a bit freer to be in the position I am, say, in a week like this," he said, "because I'm not worried about a top 10 or a top five (finish) or keep your card. And I can just go out and try and win a golf tournament."

LPGA: Suzann Pettersen had a one-stroke lead over Hee Kyung Seo after the third round of the Lotte Championship at Kapolei, Hawaii. Pettersen shot 4-under 68 and was at 14-under 202. Seo shot 66. Ai Miyazato (70) was another stroke back. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (70) was 4 under and Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (70) 1 under. Clearwater's Jennifer Gleason didn't make the cut after her second-round 74 left her at 4 over, and neither did Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (77) at 6 over.

Champions: When the first round of the rain-delayed Greater Gwinnett Championship was suspended because of darkness, Bart Bryant and David Frost topped the leaderboard with 57 players still on the course at Duluth, Ga. The start of play was delayed four hours by rain. Bryant completed his round at 4-under 68. Frost was 4 under with five holes left. The first round was scheduled to be completed this morning, followed by the second round.

Tampa Bay Championship winner leads at PGA event at Hilton Head 04/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:19pm]
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