When it looked for most of the day two players would split the 36-hole lead, Bryson DeChambeau birdied three of his last four holes to finish off a second-round 64, stealing the lead going into the weekend at the RBC Heritage.
DeChambeau started out well with an eagle on the second hole, reaching the green in two shots to come within 10 feet of the hole.
The former SMU Mustang had four birdies on the back nine, on holes 13, 15, 16 and 17, grabbing the lead that Si Woo Kim and Ian Poulter held most of the day.
This tournament holds a special place for DeChambeau, who played his first professional tournament at Harbour Town in 2016, finishing tied for fourth one week after he was low amateur at The Masters.
DeChambeau spoke to the media after his lowest round of the year:
Poulter, the winner of the Houston Open two weeks ago, shot 64 as well to post 9-under-par, just minutes after Kim posted the same number with a second-round score of 65.
The last calendar year has been a whirlwind for Poulter, who came very close to losing his PGA Tour card last year before the Masters. His win at Houston qualified him to play at Augusta, and is playing an ambitious schedule for a player who just turned 42.
The native of England called the Harbour Town course “not the longest, but the smartest course on the Tour”:
Kim has enjoyed increased prominence on the PGA Tour after winning The Players in surprise fashion and believes that experience will suit him well going into the weekend one behind the lead:
Si-Woo Kim (speaking through a PGA Tour interpreter)
Bill Haas finished Friday as the low man on the scoreboard with South Carolina ties after shooting a second-round 66. His year has been a roller coaster in its own right, having to withdraw from the Genesis Open after injuries suffered in a car crash which killed a close friend.
Haas, who resides in Greenville, referenced his desire to keep The Heritage trophy in the Palmetto State after former Gamecock Wesley Bryan won a year ago:
Among the other notables with local ties, Kevin Kisner shot 68 to finish the first two rounds at 5-under-par, Dustin Johnson shot a second straight round of 69 to sit at -4 and Lucas Glover’s 65 has him at -3.
LEADERBOARD (TOP 10 AND TIES)
1 Bryson DeChambeau -10 F
T-2 Si Woo Kim -9 F*
T2 Ian Poulter-9 F*
T4 Chesson Hadley -8 F
T4 Brandt Snedeker -8 F*
T4 Rory Sabbatini -8 F
T4 Luke List -8 F*
T8 Danny Lee -7 F
T8 C.T. Pan -7 F
T8 Billy Horschel -7 F
T8 Charles Howell III -7 F
T8 Bill Haas -7 F*
T8 Bill Haas -7 F*
T21 Kevin Kisner -5 F
T26 Dustin Johnson -4 F
T33 Lucas Glover -3 F
T42 Wesley Bryan -2 F
T55 William McGirt -1 F
T58 Ben Martin E F*
T58 Doc Redman (a) E F
T58 Jonathan Byrd E F*
CUT Sam Saunders +2 F
CUT Scott Brown +2 F