Streb charges to lead halfway through RSM Classic

Robert Streb shot a bogey-free, 9-under-par 63 on Friday at Sea Island Resort’s Plantation course, and he leads the RSM Classic by two strokes at the midway point in Sea Island, Ga.

Streb sits at 14-under 128 through two rounds. He was the 2014 winner of the Sea Island event, then known as the McGladrey Classic, the lone victory of his PGA Tour career.

Columbia’s Camilo Villegas, one of the first-round co-leaders, carded a 66 at Plantation on Friday, and he is in second place at 12 under.

Bronson Burgoon (63 at Plantation) and Patton Kizzire (66 at Plantation) are tied for third at 11 under. Kyle Stanley (65 at Plantation) and Harris English (66 at Plantation) share fifth place at 10 under, with Zach Johnson (67 at Plantation) alone in seventh at 9 under.

Kevin Kisner is the lone player in the top 10 who toured Sea Island Resort’s Seaside course on Friday. He produced a 4-under 66 that left him tied for eighth at 8 under with Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger (68 at Plantation) and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (68 at Plantation).

The other first-round co-leader, England’s Matt Wallace, tumbled into an 11-way tie for 11th place at 7 under after a 71 at Plantation.

Streb, who had back-to-back birdies four times Friday, hopes to continue the event’s trend that has seen the 36-hole winner emerge as champion each of the past four years.

“I don’t want to be the one that breaks (the streak),” Streb said. “No, not really. There’s still a lot of golf left, still got to go play and we’ll see what happens.”

Villegas opened his round with consecutive birdies and was 4 under for the day before he closed with an eagle on the par-5 18th hole. His 171-yard approach shot left him a mid-range putt that he sank.

“I hit a good shot,” Villegas said of his 9-iron second shot. “It was a little risky going at the pin, but managed to make 3 to close the day. …

“I love this place. Today was a good round. I mean, I slowed down a little bit in the middle of the round, but it was nice to finish the way I did.”

Defending champion Tyler Duncan missed the cut after shooting 76-66 for an even-par 142.


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