Donald closing on number one
Luke Donald is just 36 holes away from topping the world rankings as he leads the Heritage field by one shot at the halfway stage.
The 33-year-old needs to win at Hilton Head Island to usurp Martin Kaymer at the top of the standings and he is in perfect position to do so after adding a six-under par 65 to his opening round 67 to sit one shot clear of first-round leader Garrett Willis on 10-under par.
The Hemel Hempstead-born star carded seven birdies and just one bogey on Friday to move up to the top of the leaderboard and he could become the third European in a row to hold the title of world number one after Lee Westwood and Germany's Kaymer.
But there are plenty of top-class players in contention with Willis just a shot back on -9, while Jim Furyk and Camilo Villegas are in a group of four players on -8
Ian Poulter's second-round 66 has propelled him up to -7 and a share of seventh place with US star Ben Crane, while Australia's Nick O'Hern was another big mover on day two and shot a 66 to move to six-under for his first 36 holes.
Graeme McDowell has struggled with consistency of late and he laboured to a two-under par 69 on Friday but remains in contention at -5, while the man who came so close to winning last year, Brian Davis, sneaked into the weekend with a disappointing three-over par 74 to sit right on the cut line at even par.