Luke Donald chipped in for a birdie at the final hole to share the halfway lead of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Canadian Graham DeLaet and Donald both finished at 10-under par after the second round.
Donald, four times a runner-up at the RBC, had three consecutive birdies on the front nine and put his bunker shot to two feet to help him to save par at the 17th.
Add the chip in birdie on 18 and despite hitting only seven fairways all day, Donald finds himself in a familiar spot at the RBC Heritage.
“I guess I know the course. I know where you can miss and still get up and down, and where you shouldn’t miss. And as you saw on the last two holes, my short game is what saved me today”, said Donald on why he plays so well in Hilton Head.
The 39-year-old former world number one is now ranked 96th in the world and without a PGA Tour title since 2012. 31 of Donald’s last 33 rounds at Harbour Town have been even par or better. Donald owns six top-3 finishes in his last eight starts (11 overall) at Harbour Town Golf Links (T2-2016, 2nd-2014, T3-2013, 2nd-2011, T3-2010, T2-2009).
In his second round Donald hit 7 of 14 fairways, 11 of 18 greens, had 25 putts, and 6 of 7 scrambling.
DeLaet seized the first 36-hole lead/co-lead of his career with a 4-under 67 Friday to post 10-under 132 at the RBC Heritage. Through seven holes, DeLaet was 1-over but got back to even-par at the eighth with a birdie. DeLaet got into red numbers on the next hole by holing a 109-yard wedge shot on the par-4 ninth for eagle and added birdies at Nos. 11 and 12.
DeLaet hit 10 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens, 29 putts, and 2 of 3 scrambling. DeLaet’s best finish at the RBC Heritage in five previous starts was last year with a T-14.
Ian Poulter is in a tie for third at 8-under 134 after a second round 68.
Webb Simpson posted nine straight pars on the back nine to sign for a 3-under 68. Simpson’s 8-under 134 is two shots back of the co-leaders. The four-time TOUR winner is looking for his first win since the 2013 Shriner’s Hospital’s for Children Open.
74 players made the cut at 1-under-par 141 from a field of 131 professionals and one amateur.
Among those missing the cut were five-time RBC champion Davis Love III and two-time RBC Heritage champion and RBC ambassador Jim Furyk (2010, 2015).