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Poulter stays on hot streak, takes RBC Heritage lead

15 April 2018, 07:03 | Charlene Valdez

Sabbatini seizes early lead, Johnson in the hunt

Sabbatini with early RBC Heritage lead, Johnson 5 shots back

Ian Poulter put himself firmly into contention for a second PGA Tour win in the space of a fortnight after a flawless 64 on the second day of the RBC Heritage.

American Bryson DeChambeau carded a career-best seven-under-par 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the half-way point of the PGA event in SC.

He did well to save par from 15 feet at the fourth and got back on the birdie trail at the par-five next before he nailed another confident putt for birdie at the seventh to get to nine-under par.

Donald, a five-time runner-up in the tournament, produced a valiant response to his damaging, opening 76 as he clawed his way back to one-over par, but missing a birdie putt from five feet at his final hole cost him the chance to play another 36 holes. "The shaping of the holes, and just a couple of the doglegs, I'm able to shape shots". Sabbatini said he hurt his back on Sunday while practicing for this event. He received treatment every day since and chose to go as long as he good.

Sabbatini surpassed his previous Harbour Town low of 66 in the 2009 final round when he tied for eighth, his best showing in eight previous appearances.

Two week after winning to become the last man to qualify for this year's Masters, Ian Poulter is in place to be one of the first players to guarantee his berth in next year's Augusta major. Two late double-bogeys derailed his round.

"This might be the first time I played so well with a triple bogey", Kim said. He caught fire in mid-round, starting a run of four straight birdies on the 18th hole. He fluffed his fifth shot into a bunker, then missed a 5-foot putt for the dreaded snowman.

After an eagle, two bogeys and three birdies on the front nine, American DeChambeau picked up shots at the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes to leapfrog above Poulter and Kim. "And when you're in that position, sometimes the game feels easy when sometimes it isn't". Kuchar, who tied for 28th at the Masters, made birdie on four of his last seven holes.

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