Los Angeles - World number one Jason Day
powered through the fatigue lingering from last week's Masters campaign to
seize a share of the halfway lead on Friday at the RBC Heritage.
Australia's Day fired a two-under par 69 in
challenging, windy conditions at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South
He shared the lead on six-under par 136
with Americans Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell, who both posted 68s.
The top trio were one stroke in front of
another three players that included overnight co-leader Luke Donald, who carded
a 71, Scotland's Russell Knox (65) and American Patton Kizzire (68).
Day, who had bogeyed the last hole on
Thursday to drop out of a share of the lead, said gusting winds on Friday made
"It would be 20 miles per hour and
then suddenly die down," Day said. "Very, very tough day out there.
I'm glad I got it in at two-under."
Day, who teed off on 10, finished with four
birdies and two bogeys.
His bogey at the par-five fifth, his 14th
hole of the day, came after he hit out of bounds trying to hit a draw around
"I was just trying to sling a draw
around the corner, and got way too far on the inside and got stuck and just plugged
it way right," Day said.
It was a mental mistake, Day said, the kind
that can creep in after the kind of tough major championship campaign that he
slogged through at Augusta National last week.
"I felt like I went 10 rounds in a
championship fight (at the Masters). It just beat us up, physically and
"I may be a little mentally fatigued
but there's no excuse. I've got to focus," added Day, who went into the
Masters off back-to-back wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC
Former world number one Donald, who shared
the first-round lead with South Africa's Branden Grace, bounced back from a
double-bogey at his fifth hole of the day, the par-three 14th, picking up two
birdies in his last nine holes to post an even par round.
"I didn't quite have it today,
especially on the front nine," Donald said. ""I was searching a
little bit in my swing.
"But I really grinded it out pretty
well, got some good up-and-downs and played a really solid front nine coming
Eighty-two players made the halfway cut.
That included reigning US Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau, making his pro
debut, and Jason Bohn, playing his first tournament since suffering a heart
attack on February 26 following the second round of the Honda Classic.
Leading second-round scores on Friday in the US PGA Tour RBC Heritage
at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina (USA unless
136 - Kevin Chappell 68-68, Jason Day (AUS) 67-69, Charley Hoffman 68-68
137 - Russell Knox (SCO) 72-65, Luke Donald (ENG) 66-71, Patton Kizzire 69-68
138 - David Lingmerth (SWE) 67-71, Chris Kirk 72-66, Matt Kuchar 67-71, George McNeill 68-70
- Jerry Kelly 70-69, Graham DeLaet (CAN) 69-70, Ricky Barnes 71-68,
Morgan Hoffmann 70-69, Bryson DeChambeau 70-69, Lucas Glover 72-67, Zach
Johnson 71-68, Russell Henley 72-67, Jason Kokrak 71-68, Bronson
140 - Zac Blair 69-71, Bryce Molder 70-70, Branden
Grace (RSA) 66-74, Tony Finau 67-73, Billy Horschel 74-66, Steve
Wheatcroft 72-68, Carl Pettersson (SWE) 71-69, Aaron Baddeley (AUS)
71-69, Kim Si-Woo (KOR) 68-72, Chad Campbell 71-69, William McGirt
69-71, Daniel Summerhays 72-68