HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Graham DeLaet always loved playing at Harbour Town Golf Links, but rarely got the results he thought he should – until this week.
DeLaet followed up his career-best 6-under 65 in the first round with a 67 on Friday to share the lead with Luke Donald midway through the RBC Heritage.
Donald also shot 67 to reach 10-under 132, two in front of Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson.
Poulter and Simpson each shot 68.
DeLaet was 1 over through his first seven holes of the second round until a birdie on the difficult par-4 eighth and an eagle on No. 9, where the Canadian bounced his approach shot into the cup.
“We couldn’t see the bottom of the pin, but there was reaction from the crowd so we figured it was in,” DeLaet said.
DeLaet has never finished better than 14th in six previous trips here and had only twice broken 70 in his last 10 rounds before this week.
The Canadian has won four times worldwide, three in his home nation and once in South Africa, but has never done better than second on the PGA Tour. He doesn’t plan to change his approach with a big weekend ahead.
“I’m looking forward to not getting up at 4:45 a.m. again like I did this morning,” he said with laugh.
Donald has finished second or third in six of his last eight visits to the RBC Heritage – and put himself in position for another stellar finish this time, too. Donald’s round took off with three straight birdies on the front nine. He survived a spate of wild drives after the turn before chipping in for birdie on the closing, lighthouse hole at No. 18.
Donald has shot in the 60s in 21 of his 42 career rounds at Harbour Town. About the only thing he hasn’t done is win.
“I’ve been in this position before and I’ve got to go out there and be aggressive and make some birdies,” Donald said. “Certainly playing for pars won’t get it done out there.”
EUROPEAN TOUR: Gregory Havret shot his second straight 3-under 70 and took the outright lead at the Trophee Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco.
The Frenchman made four birdies and an eagle and was one stroke ahead of Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard (71) and South Africa’s Trevor Fisher Jr. (70).
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bob Tway bogeyed two of the last three holes and settled for a 7-under 65 in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Georgia.
Tway birdied the par-5 sixth – his 15th hole – to reach 9 under, then dropped shots on the par-4 seventh and ninth at TPC Sugarloaf. He holed out for eagle from the fairway on the par-4 12th and played the opening nine in 6-under 30.
Tway, 57, is winless on the 50-and-over tour after winning eight times on the PGA Tour.
David Frost was second after a bogey-free 66.