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 on his first seven holes of the second round until a birdie on the difficult par-4 eighth hole and an eagle on No. 9, also a par 4 where the Canadian bounced his approach shot into the cup.
DeLaet had never finished better than 14th in six previous trips here and had only twice broken 70 in his last 10 rounds before this week. DeLaet said his top-15 finish a year ago — his first and only one — continued to fan his flame for Harbour Town. "And my love and enjoyment of playing this golf course turned into, 'Maybe I could play well here,'" he said.
DeLaet plodded through the first part of his round until dropping his approach on the 461-yard eighth hole within 15 feet and made the putt. On the next hole, DeLaet sent a wedge from 109 yards out into the green, simply hoping to spin it back left toward the pin. Instead, it hopped in the cup to put DeLaet out front.
"We couldn't see the bottom of the pin, but there was reaction from the crowd so we figured it was in," DeLaet said.
CHAMPIONS: At Duluth, Ga., Bob Tway bogeyed two of the last three holes for a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic.
Tway birdied the par-5 sixth — his 15th — 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.
LPGA: At Kapolei, Hawaii, Su-Yeon Jang took the Lotte Championship lead in the completion of the third round Friday morning and opened a three-stroke cushion in the afternoon with a third-round 7-under 65.
The 22-year-old sponsor invite from South Korea had a 17-under 199 total at Ko Olina Golf Club. She completed her second straight 67 in the morning in the rain-delayed event.
Cristie Kerr and Alena Sharp, the 35-year-old Canadian looking for her first LPGA Tour victory, were tied for second.