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Cantlay takes RBC Heritage lead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA (AP) – FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay birdied the final four holes on Friday for a four-under 67 and take a two-stroke lead over Robert Streb halfway through the RBC Heritage.

After dropping back with bogeys on the 11th and 14th holes, Cantlay turned it around on the most difficult stretch at Harbour Town Golf Links with the late birdie run in strong wind swirling off Calibogue Sound.

Cantlay had a nine-under 133 total. Streb also had a 67. He appeared to be in position to take the lead into the weekend when he birdied number eight – his 17th hole of the day – to reach seven-under.

But Cantlay’s accurate irons and hot putter moved him back on top. The run started with a 13-foot birdie putt on 15. He caught Streb a hole later with a 10-footer. Cantlay stuck his tee shot on the par-3 17th within 8 feet for his go-ahead birdie, then rolled in a 21-footer on the par-4 18th.

“Obviously, that’s a dream finish,” Cantlay said. “I finally rolled in some putts and that was really nice to see going into the weekend.”

Cantlay’s steady and mindful play seems made for Harbour Town. He’s had two thirds and a seventh in four appearances here.

Cantlay expects more wind and doesn’t expect to play much differently than he’s done so far.

“Just staying with my game plan and continue to leave the golf ball in the right spots, which is paramount around this place, I think is the key,” he said.

Patrick Cantlay at the RBC Heritage. PHOTO: AP
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