Top-ranked Jason Day is tied for the lead halfway through the second round of the RBC Heritage after shooting a 2-under 69 on Friday.
Australian world number one Jason Day was also at five under with just one hole to play but got an unfortunate break at the par-four 18th when his second shot ended up in a plugged lie under the lip of a bunker guarding the front left of the green.
Day said that when he knew he had shot himself out of contention, he concentrated on not distracting playing partner Kevin Chappell, who is seeking a first PGA Tour title.
Donald was a stroke behind when the round started and quickly moved up with three birdies on his first eight holes to reach 8 under.
When Jason Day professed to being mentally tired coming off his tie for 10th in the Masters Tournament last week, it appears he was serious. Danny obviously played great but I certainly feel I have some good years in me and I’m not quite ready to resign to the couch just yet’.
Charley Hoffman is a three-time PGA Tour victor who has 11 top-three finishes in his 11 years on tour. He is four shots off the lead at three-under. A drive to the right at the third found the water, with a double bogey six the result.
It was a mental mistake, Day said, the kind that can creep in after the kind of tough major championship campaign that he slogged through at Augusta National last week.
“I’m still on form and really excited to be here and really excited about where things are at”.
And Day had to focus especially hard after hitting his tee shot out-of-bounds on his fifth hole of the day en route to a bogey six. It just beat us up, physically and mentally. The 21-year-old South Korean player earned a sponsor exemption with a victory last week.
VALDERRAMA, Spain (AP) – Alexander Levy of France shot a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead over a group of four including defending champion James Morrison of England after the first round of the Spanish Open on Thursday. He then missed a 6-footer for par on No. 17 and a 17-foot putt from the back fringe on No. 18.
Previous year at Ko Olina, she won by holing out from 154 yards for eagle on the first hole of a playoff with Inbee Park. Wyckoff’s Morgan Hoffmann shot a 69 for a two-day total of 139 and sits three shots behind the leaders.
U.S. Women’s Open champion In Gee Chun and Moriya Jutanugarn were 10 under.
The Englishman has struggled this season, managing only one top-25 finish and missing out on the Masters after dropping to 92nd in the rankings.