Jason Day didn't win the green jacket last Sunday at the Masters, but his week at Augusta National did prepare him for another windy test at Harbour Town.
The world No. 1 on Friday followed up an opening 67 at the RBC Heritage with a round of 2-under 69. Day made four birdies, three on his second nine, against two bogeys, and hit 9 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens.
After a closing bogey dropped him out of the lead Thursday night, Day walked off the course Friday afternoon back on top of the leaderboard, sharing the lead with Kevin Chappell.
If there's anything giving Day a difficult time, it's the same windy conditions that vexed players last week at the Masters.
"Yeah, you can't chill out here at all," he said. "It's difficult in that you have to position yourself perfectly off the tee, because if you don't, then you've got a lot of trees to deal with. And then on top of, it's similar to Augusta, as well ... there's high trees out there. If you hit it above the trees, the wind is going to take it. If you hit below, it's not going to get affected at all. "
Day did make two mistakes in Round 2 that led to his dropped shots. He narrowly avoided the water and failed to get up and down from the greenside bunker at the par-3 17th, his eighth hole of the day, and later blew his ball through the corner and out of bounds at the dogleg-left par-5 fifth.
"Yeah, I had two blemishes on the scorecard," Day said. "The out-of-bounds on 5, I was just trying to sling a draw around the corner, and got way too far on the inside and got stuck and just plugged it way right."
As for what happened at 17: "You're trying to hit it just to the green, hit 9-iron, and if 9-iron has the right wind conditions it gets there," Day said. "It died down and I hit it short in the bunker.
"It's all about picking the right shot at the right time, and getting on the greens, and then from there it's rolling putts."
If Day can continue to do just that, he could find himself in line for his third title of the year and his seventh trophy in his last 15 Tour starts. No player ranked No. 1 in the world has won this event since Day's fellow Aussie Greg Norman in 1988.