Lowry leads by one at RBC Heritage

Shane Lowry inspects the green of the fifteenth hole during the second round of the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links Hilton Head, US, Friday. — Reuters

HILTON HEAD, US — Shane Lowry held on to his slender lead at the RBC Heritage on Friday though the Irishman still has two holes left to complete his second round after play was suspended for the day at the weather-hit South Carolina tournament.

Lowry was three-under par for the round when darkness halted play, leaving him on nine-under for the tournament, a stroke ahead of Trey Mullinax (68), who is already in the clubhouse on eight-under 134 at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Lowry, who opened with a 65, will return at 7:45 a.m. local time (1145 GMT) Saturday to play the remaining two holes before beginning his third round.

Dustin Johnson and Argentine Emiliano Grillo shot matching 67s to finish on seven-under 135 before rain and high winds forced a suspension for nearly four hours.

Lowry collected birdies on his first two holes before the storms hit. He returned for two more birdies and a bogey.

Grillo had the highlight of the round after holing out from 254 yards for a two at the par-five fifth hole. It was the first albatross at the Hilton Head, South Carolina course since 2007 and the fourth of the year on the PGA Tour.

The Argentine also had three birdies after starting the round with two bogeys.

Johnson claimed five birdies against a single bogey.

Johnson liked his weekend chances but hoped he could roll in a few more putts.

Xander Schauffele, who had tied for second at the Masters, shot a 70 to sit eight strokes off the lead. Italy's Francesco Molinari, who took a two-shot lead into the final round at Augusta National before being overtaken by Tiger Woods, was unlikely to make the projected cut of even par.

Molinari was at three-over with six holes to play in the second round.

Henderson tied for lead

Canada's Brooke Henderson took another step toward defending her title, firing a three-under 69 for a share of the lead heading into the final round of the Lotte Championship.

The 21-year-old Henderson is tied with American Nelly Korda who had a 71 to reach a total of 14-under 202 on the Ko Olina Golf Club course.

Korda rolled in birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 16, before dropping a stroke on 18.

Australia's Lee Min-jee and second-round leader Ji Eun-hee of South Korea were one shot back at 13-under.

Lee, who won this tournament three years ago, had a 70. She was bogey-free and chipped in for eagle on the fifth hole. Ji shot 74 after opening with rounds of 65 and 74.

Ariya Jutanugarn was one of three Thai golfers in the top 16. She shot a 66 to surge from nine back to two.

Her sister Moriya Jutanugarn is tied for 11th and Pajaree Anannarukarn is tied for eighth after shooting a 69. — Reuters