DeChambeau takes a shot lead at 10-under-132 at RBC Heritage
DeChambeau shot a career-best 7-under-64 on Friday to take a shot lead to the weekend at the RBC Heritage.
DeChambeau’s first event as a pro was at Harbor Town Golf Links in 2016 and two years later the man shoots his career-best round to get one ahead of the Houston Open winner Ian Poulter and last year’s The Players Champion Si Woo Kim.
Poulter remained bogey-free in his round of 64, climbing 18 spots up for a T-2nd finish on Friday. Si Woo Kim’s round of 65 consisted a two-shot penalty for touching sand after a bunker-shot, imagine if he had not done that, but golf is all about this, mistakes, errors, and strong comebacks.
DeChambeau posted eagle the par-5 second hole and posted two bogeys and three birdies on his front nine, just before the turn and later remained blemish-free for his back nine, taking over the lead with birdies on 13th, 15th, 16th, and 17th holes. He made a 12-footer par save on the 18th hole after his approach landed in a front-side bunker.
His first win came at the 2017 John Deere Classic and he’s had three top 10s in this season, including a second last month at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Poulter posted an opening round 69 and aided it with a bogey-free second round of 7-under-64. He briefly took the lead alone with a birdie on the par-3 seventh, he even had a chance to reach 10-under but his putt from 8-foot lipped out.
His win at the Houston Open has surely given him wings and giving him ample ideas to shoot freely “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.”
The local lad Dustin Johnson posted another 69 on Friday after a similar score in the opening round to remain at T-26th with 4-under-138 and joined by Ryan Moore, Ted Potter Jr., Emiliano Grillo, Ryan Palmer, Brian Harman, and Peter Malnati.
The opening round leader Rory Sabbatini dropped to a T-4th finish with 1-under-70 on Friday, following a 64 on Thursday at 8-under-134 with Luke List, Chesson Hadley, and Brandt Snedeker.
Anirban Lahiri missed his cut for the second time in his 2018 schedule after a one-over final score at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Lahiri posted a total score of four-over-146 to miss the cut by four-strokes. The cut-line was set at a level-par score of 142 over the two-days and T-58 or better players have only made it to the weekends at the RBC Heritage.