Graeme McDowell might have won a US Open and twice lifted Tiger Woods’ end-of-season World Challenge but he’s never won a regular PGA Tour event.
That could change this week after he carded a joint best of the day 67 in the weather-delayed RBC Heritage to move into contention at Hilton Head.
The two-time Ryder Cup winner is tied for sixth on four under par, just two strokes adrift of joint leaders Kevin Streelman (70), Charley Hoffman (70) and Steve LeBrun (68), and convinced the tight course at Harbour Town is perfect for his game.
“It is a golf course that sets up well for me,” McDowell said after a round featuring five birdies and one bogey. “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.
“It doesn’t need to be long. Modern technology has not sort of made this golf course old‑fashioned in any shape or form. Sometimes the fairway is not good enough, you have to be on the left side or the right side, 300 yards might be too much and 250 might not be enough at times. The guy that wins here this week will have control of his golf ball.”
McDowell’s playing partner Luke Donald (68) and former FedEx Cup winner Bill Haas (69) are just a shot behind the leaders on five under with early starter McDowell tied with Johnson Wagner, Rory Sabbatini, D.H. Lee, Pat Perez, Stuart Appleby and Masters surprise package Marc Leishman.
Play was suspended due to dangerous weather late on Friday afternoon with 17 players still left to complete the second round after a day of deriorating conditions.
Scoring proved difficult as winds swept across Harbour Town with the field averaging more than one over par.
McDowell’s four under effort was only matched by Matt Jones on a day when just 43 players in the 142-strong field broke par.