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  • Associated Press Graham DeLaet tees off on the 17th hole in Friday's second round of the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 1:00 am

Golf

Canadian shares lead with Donald

Associated Press

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 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.

The Canadian has won four times worldwide (three in his home nation and once in South Africa), but has never done better than three second places (the last in the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open) on the PGA Tour.

Donald has finished second or third in six of his past eight visits to the RBC Heritage – and put himself in position for another stellar finish this time, too.

First-round leader Bud Cauley followed his 63 with a 72 and was in a group of five at 7-under that included former PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner and Sam Saunders, the grandson of golf's late king, Arnold Palmer.

Kevin Kisner had the round's best score, a 7-under 64, and was among six players four strokes behind the leaders.

There were 74 golfers who made cut of 1-under par – anyone over par or even was leaving – which was lowest cutline ever at Harbour Town.

Those going home included Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett and Charley Hoffman, who contended at Augusta National for much of the week before falling off the pace.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Duluth, Georgia, Bob Tway bogeyed two of the last three holes for a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead Friday 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.

David Frost was second after a bogey-free 66.

The 57-year-old Tway is winless on the 50-and-over tour after winning eight times on the PGA Tour. He won the Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic in 1986, the year he took the PGA Championship.

Larry Mize, the only one of the six players from the Masters in the Mitsubishi field to make the cut at Augusta National, was two strokes back at 67 along with Bernhard Langer, Stephen Ames, Kevin Sutherland, Mike Goodes and Jeff Maggert.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Gregory Havret took the outright lead at the Trophee Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco, as he moved to 6 under par after the second round Friday.

The Frenchman made four birdies and an eagle at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam for his second straight 3-under 70, opening a one-shot lead over Lucas Bjerregaard and Trevor Fisher Jr.