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Published: 13:30 | 16/4/16

Day claims share of Heritage lead

Trio lead by shot in South Carolina

A second round of 69 has moved Jason Day up to claim a share of the lead at the halfway point of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina.

The world number one carded four birdies and a pair of bogeys to tie at six-under-par with Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell.

The Australian started solidly, parring his first seven holes and played steady golf throughout his round, save for driving out-of-bounds on the sixth (his 15th hole, having started on the 10th), although he managed to drop just the single stroke on that par five.

Day stressed the need for him to focus after admitting he was mentally fatigued after finishing tied-10th at last weekend's US Masters.

"I felt like I was kind of punch drunk a little bit," he said. "I felt like I went 10 rounds in a championship fight. It [Augusta] just beat us up, physically and mentally.

"Coming to this week, you've got to get yourself back up come Thursday. I may be a little mentally fatigued but there's no excuse.

"I've got to focus. I needed to get out there and hit the shots and focus.

"I was playing great [in Friday's round at the Heritage] and then hit one out-of-bounds. A lot of people don't realise how much the mental side comes into play at this level.

"Right now, I'm sitting in a pretty good position for the weekend. I just got to keep doing what I'm doing.

"It was gusting a good 20 to 30 mph at times and then all of a sudden it would just drop to nothing."So it was all about trying to pick the right gust to hit on, being patient enough to stick it out some times."

Joint overnight leader Luke Donald, dropped to a share of second place after posting a level par 71 while Hoffman and Chappell leapfrogged the Englishman as both carded impressive three-under 68s.

Branden Grace, who was tied with Donald after round one, dropped to tied-21st, four shots off the pace after signing for a disappointing round of 74.

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