HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — For Luke Donald, it’s another chance to end his hard-luck history at Harbour Town Golf Links. For Jason Day, it’s a rare round to forget for the world’s No. 1 player.
While Donald took the lead Saturday at the RBC Heritage with a 2-under 69, Day — tied atop the leaderboard entering the round — had a season-worst 79 to fall nine shots behind.
“It’s obviously not the way I wanted to play,” said Day, the winner of two of his past three PGA Tour events.
It was exactly what Donald wanted at one of his most successful courses. He has mastered the swirling wind, tight fairways and really small greens better than just about anyone since 2009 with five top-three finishes over that span. The only thing he hasn’t accomplished? Victory.
He has learned from those close calls that he can’t sit back Sunday and allow others — like winners Brandt Snedeker did in 2011 or Matt Kuchar did in 2014 — to zoom past him as he pars his way home.