Choi grabs lead before the rain

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KJ Choi grabbed the lead after a rain-affected second round at the RBC Heritage in Harbour Town on Friday.

Choi took advantage of this early tee-off time and his red-hot putter to card a five-under 67,one shot ahead of Australia’s Robert Allenby.

The South Korean rolled in six birdies, including three from over 20 foot, in his round that was only hampered by bogeys at the ninth and 15th.

The players ran for cover after strong winds and torrential rains swept across the course. Half the field was still out on the course, including Matt Kuchar, who shared the overnight lead.

“I’m very happy finishing before the rain,” Choi told PGATour.com.

“Even in the morning it’s very tough, wind blowing. Today the putting, I make a lot.”

Kuchar only managed six holes before the inclement weather came through and two double bogeys saw him fall back four strokes behind Choi.

Meanwhile, former world number one Luke Donald put together a two-under 69 to leave him in third place on three under.

“If I’d got hot with the putter it could have been really special but still a very solid round and glad I’m done,” said the Englishman, who carded three birdies.

“You’ve got to keep it in play and plot your way around this course. That’s why I’ve had some success here.

“It’s not a course you can overpower and you need to be proficient around the greens. I hit 15 greens and with these small greens it’s a job well done.”

Masters runner-up Jordan Spieth endured a nightmare round, slumping to a 74 after a 69 in the first round, which sees him fall to one over for the tournament.

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