DeChambeau enjoys career day at Hilton Head

Bryson DeChambeau shot a career-best 7-under-par 64 on Friday to take the lead into the weekend at the RBC Heritage Classic in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

DeChambeau’s first event as a pro was at Harbour Town Golf Links in 2016. Two years later, he posted his lowest ever on the PGA Tour to get to 10-under 132, one ahead of red-hot Ian Poulter and Si Woo Kim.

Poulter showed he’s not done playing high-level golf with a bogey-free 64. Kim had a 65 that included a two-shot penalty for touching sand after a bunker shot.


Two shots behind DeChambeau were Chasson Hadley (68), past RBC Heritage winner Brandt Snedeker (64), Luke List (64), and first-round leader Rory Sabbatini (70).

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World No. 1 Dustin Johnson shot a second-straight 69 and was tied for 26th, six shots off the lead.

DeChambeau, 24, jump-started his round with an eagle on the par-5 2nd hole and took over the lead with birdies on the 13th, 15th, 16th, and 17th holes. He made a knee-knocking, 12-footer for par on the 18th hole after his approach landed in a front-side bunker.

DeChambeau pumped his fist when the ball curled in, as pleased with his improved putting as his composure at rallying late to the lead.

‘‘Two years, it’s time,’’ DeChambeau said.


He won for the first time on tour last summer, shooting a pair of 65s on the way to taking the John Deere Classic. He’s had three top 10s this season, including a second last month at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. DeChambeau’s certain his play at Harbour Town is simply the next step in his progress to the top.

‘‘I'm figuring out a lot of great things that are helping me on the golf course,’’ he said.

Poulter’s learned plenty the past few weeks. He was the talk of golf two weeks back with his stunning playoff win at Houston Open where he made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff, then beat Beau Hossler on the first extra hole to gain entrance to Augusta National.

After an opening 69 at Harbour Town, Poulter put on a dazzling second-round, bogey-free display.

Poulter briefly took the lead alone with a 16-foot birdie on the par-3 seventh. He had a chance to reach 10-under, but lipped out an 8-footer on his final hole, the ninth. Poulter has shot five sub-70 rounds in his last six times around Harbour Town.


Poulter said his Houston victory wiped away any concerns holding him back. ‘‘The win helps a lot,’’ he said. ‘‘I can free myself up in my mind. I can start attacking pins and just play free golf. And when you’re in that position, sometimes the game feels easy when sometimes it isn't.’’

Champions — Jay Haas nearly shot his age to take the lead into a 36-hole Saturday finish in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Ga.

The 64-year-old Haas birdied the final two holes in breezy conditions at TPC Sugarloaf for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Steve Flesch.

Bernhard Langer shot 67, and Gene Sauers and Scott Parel followed at 68.

Facing a forecast of 1½ inches of rain overnight into Sunday and the threat of lightning Sunday, tournament officials decided to play both the second and third rounds Saturday.

‘‘The guys were saying we've got to play 54, so this gives us that opportunity,’’ Haas said. ‘‘It will be a long day. Thankfully, we can get in carts. This is a long walking golf course. I'm pretty whipped today. I didn’t get in the cart today, but I'll probably be in there a little bit tomorrow.’’

Haas won the last of his 18 senior titles at the 2016 Toshiba Classic.

He birdied all four par-5 holes in a bogey-free round. The nine-time PGA Tour winner birdied four of the first six holes — the par-4 first and third and par-5 fourth and sixth. He added a birdie on the par-5 10th and closed with the birdies on the par-4 17th and par-5 18th.

LPGA — Brooke Henderson settled for a one-stroke lead after late struggles on the greens in the third round of the Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Henderson was five strokes ahead early on the back nine, but four-putted the par-3 16th for a double bogey and bogeyed the par-4 18th. She finished with a 1-over 73 to drop to 9 under.

The 20-year-old Canadian, who is seeking her sixth tour victory, opened with bogey-free rounds of 68 and 66.

Mo Martin was second after a 72. The 2014 Women’s British Open champ countered two bogeys with an eagle on the par-5 13th.

Japan’s Nasa Hataoka, who is a year younger than Henderson, had a 68 to join third-ranked Inbee Park (71) at 7 under. Hataoka won the 2016 Japan Women’s Open, becoming the first amateur — and youngest player — to win a Japan LPGA major.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng was 6 under along with Lizette Salas. Feng’s 74 was only her second over-par round of the year. Salas, who lost a playoff at the Lotte in 2013, shot 70. Hawaii’s Michelle Wie moved up 13 spots, to 18th, with a 69.

European — Paul Dunne shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open in Madrid.

Dunne had nine birdies at the Centro Nacional de Golf, moving to 13 under for the tournament. He finished in style with four birdies in his final five holes.

‘‘It’s just one of those days. I went on playing, I wasn’t really thinking about the score,’’ Dunne said. ‘‘Playing early I got the best of the greens so it was a pretty steady day. My game is in good shape, I'm feeling good. I see a lot of birdies around this course if the weather stays like this.’’

Nacho Elvira of Spain, Brett Rumford of Australia, and Callum Shinkwin of England are in a three-way tie for second at 10-under.

Marc Warren of Scotland, the first-round co-leader with Dunne, dropped four shots back following a 3-under 69.

Local favorite Jon Rahm, coming off a fourth-place finish at the Masters, was also four shots off the lead after carding 68.

Rahm had an eagle on the par-5 first hole but made a double bogey on the par-4 No. 12. He had four birdies on the day.