Day Battles Fatigue to Lead Wind-Blown RBC Heritage

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA | A few wind-blown observations at the midpoint of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town where Jason Day, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman share the lead:

* Jason Bohn, playing in his first event since having a heart attack seven weeks ago, made the cut with rounds of 74-69.


“I feel awesome, actually,” Bohn said. “I can tell you the last couple of holes coming in I felt it, which is great. I put a little stress on the old ticker today so that’s good.”

* Carl Pettersson, the 2011 RBC Heritage winner, is at 2-under par through 36 holes, just the second cut he’s made in nine events in 2016. Pettersson said his ballstriking was miserable early in the year but his game has shown signs of life recently. It’s a good thing because this is the first of nine consecutive tournaments Pettersson is planning to play.

* Tough break for Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey. Trying to regain his PGA Tour card, Gainey was in Cartagena, Colombia on Friday when he got the call he had a spot in the field at Harbour Town. He was 4-under par for the tournament Friday, two off the lead, when his back locked up on the 10th hole and he withdrew.

* World No. 1 Jason Day has a share of the 36-hole lead but there’s no sense of relaxing after a grueling week at The Masters. The chilly, breezy conditions have been a challenge and Day said it’s another grinding week.

“You can’t chill out here at all,” Day said. “I’m just trying to do my job and my job is to try and win the best I can. I’ve got two more days.

“I’m a little tired physically and mentally but that’s just what it is. Last week I felt like I’d gone 10 rounds in a championship fight.”

* It’s not often that you see a par-3 torment players the way the 192-yard 14th hole has through two days. There have been 41 double bogeys and four triple bogeys. Steve Marino and Brett Stegmaier both have played it 5-6 the first two days.

It can be handled, however. Francisco Molinari has made a pair of deuces there.

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