June 19 (UPI) — Webb Simpson carded one other 6-under 65 to take a 1-shot lead after the rain-delayed second round of the RBC Heritage on Friday at Harbour City Golf Hyperlinks in Hilton Head, S.C.

Simpson entered the second day of the event tied for third at 6-under par. He sank a 6-foot birdie on his remaining gap at No. 9, ending with three bogeys and 9 birdies to take a seat atop the leaderboard.

Bryson DeChambeau made six birdies on his remaining 9 holes however missed a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 9 that may have tied him for the lead. He had one bogey and two birdies on his first 9 to complete with a 64.

Corey Conners additionally was one again from Simpson after a bogey-free 63 within the second round.

“It’s extremely satisfying realizing I am not close to so long as some of these guys, and I will variety of use my expertise of distance management and shot form to choose me again up after I’m 40 yards or 30 yards behind these guys,” Simpson mentioned Friday. “I wish to hit it additional.

“I set out on a journey three years in the past to get stronger, hit it additional, however do it lots slower than Bryson. However he is made it look straightforward and seamless.”

Simpson is at 12-under 130 after two days, and scoring remained clustered beneath him. Twenty gamers are inside 4 pictures of his lead, together with Brooks Koepka (66) and Dustin Johnson (66). Koepka is at 9-under 133, whereas Johnson sits at 8-under 134 after the primary two rounds.

Rory McIlroy, the top-ranked golfer on the planet, rattled off three birdies in a four-hole stretch to complete above the reduce line with a 66. He sits seven pictures behind the chief going into the third day of play.

Jordan Spieth dropped 18 spots right into a tie for 28th after his second-round 70. He has completed underneath par in every of the primary two rounds.

Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Jim Furyk and Patrick Reed did not make the reduce at 4-under par.

Thunderstorms rolled via the world and halted the event for about two hours earlier than the second round was finally accomplished.

Previous to the second round starting, Nick Watney withdrew from the RBC Heritage after he turned the primary participant on the PGA Tour to check constructive for the coronavirus since golf resumed this month.

Watney — a five-time winner on the PGA Tour — traveled privately to the Hilton Head, S.C., event, in keeping with the Tour. He wasn’t on the Tour-sponsored constitution flight from final week’s Charles Schwab Problem in Texas, that means he was examined upon arrival earlier this week and was destructive for the virus.

A complete of 369 gamers, caddies and different important personnel underwent testing on the website earlier than the beginning of the RBC Heritage with no constructive assessments, in keeping with the Tour. Over the previous two weeks for the reason that PGA Tour’s return from a 13-week hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, there had been 954 assessments with no constructive end result.