Top-ranked Day tied for Heritage lead
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Jason Day is back at the top in a bid for his third PGA Tour title in a month.
Coming off a disappointing Masters, the top-ranked Day shot a 2-under 69 on Friday at the RBC Heritage to share the second-round lead with Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman.
Chappell and Hoffman shot 68s for the second straight day to match Day at 6-under 136.
Luke Donald, tied for the first-round lead after a 66, was a stroke back along with Russell Knox and Patton Kizzire. Donald had a 71. Knox shot a 65, the best round of the week. Kizzire had a 68.
Past tournament champion Matt Kuchar topped the group at 4 under after a 71.
Day has won two of the past three tournament's he's entered, starting with a one-shot victory over Chappell a month ago in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He followed that with a victory at the WCG-Dell Match Play and was a strong choice to slip on his first green jacket last week at Augusta National. Instead, Day tied for 10th.
Now, Day is fighting off the fatigue and finding success again at Harbour Town Golf Links.
"I felt like I was kind of punch drunk a little bit," he said of Thursday's start. "But came out today a lot more alert and on top of it."
That's bad news for the rest of the field because Day has shown there aren't many who can match him when he's playing like this.
"I may be a little bit mentally fatigued, but it's not an excuse," he said. "I need to get out there and hit the shots and focus."
CHAMPIONS: At Duluith, Ga., Tom Watson was in position to make PGA Tour Champions history after shooting a 4-under 68 for a share of the first-round lead with Tom Byrum and Mark O'Meara in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.
A week after making his final appearance in the Masters, the 66-year-old Watson is trying to become the oldest winner on the 50-and-over tour. Mike Fetchick set the mark in the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors International on his 63rd birthday.
Todd Hamilton, Jesper Parnevik and Kenny Perry were a stroke back at TPC Sugarloaf.
LPGA: At Kapolei, Hawaii, Katie Burnett chipped in for birdie on the par-4 18th for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead in the Lotte Championship.
Winless in 59 career starts on the LPGA Tour, the 26-year-old Georgia player had her second straight bogey-free round to take a 13-under 203 total into the final round at Ko Olina.
Su-Yeon Jang was second after a 67. The 21-year-old South Korean player earned a sponsor exemption with a victory last week in the Korean LPGA event sponsored by Lotte
U.S. Women's Open champion In Gee Chun (65) and Moriya Jutanugarn (68) were 10 under.