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Three Share Lead in Heritage


Kevin Streelman, Charley Hoffman and Steve LeBrun now share the lead in the RBC Heritage. The $5.8 million event started Thursday at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C.

Streelman and Hoffman each carded a 1-under 70 on the Pete Dye-designed course at Sea Pines Resort, while LeBrun had a 68. The trio stands at 6-under 136, one shot ahead of England's Luke Donald (68) and Bill Haas (69).

Donald, the 2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year, opened with a 69 and, even though he went only a stroke lower in the second round, felt his play Friday was much better. "(Thursday) was a little bit of a struggle," he told PGATour.com. "I didn't really have much control over the trajectory of my shots. The greens are still holding, which is nice. So you can attack some of the pins.

"I managed my game very well. I kind of didn't feel very comfortable over the ball, but I missed it in spots that I needed to miss it. It wasn't terrible golf, it just wasn't controlling trajectory like I'd like to, when you know you're not under control."

Sharing sixth at 138 are Johnson Wagner (71), Rory Sabbatini (69), D,H. Lee (68), Pat Perez (70), Stuart Appleby (68) , Marc Leishman (71), and Graeme McDowell, who posted Friday's low round, a 4-under 67.

McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, enjoys the relatively short but tight Harbour Town Links course. "It is a golf course that sets up well for me," the Northern Irishman told PGATour.com. "You don't have to move it very far off the tee, but you have to position it really well. And you have to play patient golf, which suits my type of play."

Martin Kaymer (70), Tim Clark (71), Billy Horschel (68), Richard H. Lee (71), Jordan Spieth (69), Brendon de Jonge (69), Justin Hicks (70), Darron Stiles (69), Webb Simpson (71) and Stewart Cink (69) shared 13th at 3-under 139.

Jason Day, who finished third in last week's Masters, opened with a 67 but carded a 73 Friday to get to 2-under 140. Defending champion, Carl Pettersson, started out with a 68 but followed that up with a 75.

Boston native James Driscoll is pledging $1,000 for every birdie he makes, donating the money to The One Boston Fund (http://onefundboston.org), which was set up to aid victims of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing. Though the 35-year-old missed the cut by a stroke, he made seven birdies in the first two rounds to generate $7,000 for the fund. Driscoll will continue his fundraising efforts in next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

As the day wore on the winds at the seaside course really picked up. The gusts were upwards of 20 mph early in the afternoon but got stronger as the day wore on. A series of storms were expected to land in Hilton Head Island, with the National Weather Service issuing a severe thunderstorm watch until late Friday evening.

Brian Davis opened with a 6-under 65 for the first-round lead, but the 38-year-old Englishman carded a 75 in the second round to slip down the leaderboard into a tie for 25th. A handful of players were still on the course as this story went to press.

The cut was set at 2-over 144, which means a whopping 91 players moved on to the third round. At the end of Saturday, another cut will be made before Sunday's final round. Sitting at 144 is two-time Heritage winner, Boo Weekley, who shot rounds of 71 and 73.

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