RBC Heritage Notebook: DeLaet, Donald share lead at 10-under
Graham DeLaet -10
Luke Donald -10
Ian Poulter -8
Webb Simpson -8
Bud Cauley -7
Pat Perez -7
Jason Dufner -7
Nick Taylor -7
Sam Saunders -7
About the leaders
Graham DeLaet shot a 65 (-6) Thursday and a 67 (-4) Friday.
The 35-year old Canadian’s shared lead marks the first time in his career that he’s held a lead through 36 holes.
He holed a 109-yard wedge shot on the ninth (par 4) for an eagle Friday and added birdies at 11 and 12.
On Friday he hit 10 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens, had 29 putts and scrambled in two of three attempts.
DeLaet has finished in the top 10 of a tournament 29 times and has been runner-up three times but has never one in 160 starts.
DeLaet’s best finish at Harbour Town came last year when he tied for 14th. This is his fourth made cut at RBC Heritage in six tries.
This season, he has made seven cuts in 11 starts, has posted three top-10’s and is ranked 72nd in the FedExCup standings.
Like DeLaet, Luke Donald (U.K.) shot a 65 Thursday and a 67 Friday.
Donald chipped in his final shot Friday two tie DeLaet for the shared lead.
Donald is one of the top RBC Heritage participants of the past decade, despite never having won at Harbour Links.
He’s shot 13 consecutive rounds below par at RBC Heritage and he has finished in the top three at the tournament in six of his last eight appearances. He was runner-up in 2016, 2014, 2011 and 2009. He tied for third in both 2013 and 2010.
On Friday he hit 7 of 14 fairways, 11 of 18 greens, had 25 putts and was six-for-seven scrambling.
Donald has held the lead at a tour event after 36 holes on eight occasions throughout his career, but those have never resulted in wins. Donald has won five Tour events however.
The last time Donald held a lead after 36 rounds was at the 2011 RBC Heritage, where he fell in a playoff against Brandt Snedeker.
Since 1934, Donald is one of 14 players to finish runner-up at an event four times. Only four players have more runner-up finishes at a single event (Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Payne Stewart and Greg Norman).
Where former RBC Heritage champions that made the cut sit after Friday
Brandt Snedeker (2011) [-6]
Brian Gay (2009) [-4]
Branden Grace (2016) [-3]
Matt Kucher (2014) [-3]
Graeme McDowell (2013) [-2]
Boo Weekley (2008, 2007) [-1]
The one-under cut line is the lowest in the 49-year history of the tournament.
The average score Friday was 70.89. It was 70.18 Thursday. This is the first time the first two rounds at RBC Heritage were both under par for the field.
First-round leader Bud Cauley shot a one-over 72 Friday and is tied for fifth at seven-under.
Two-time Heritage champion Jim Furyk missed the cut in his 18th start at the event. He also missed the cut at the Masters last week, marking the first time he has missed back-to-back cuts since July 2011.