The Dallas Morning News

■ Stewart Cink extended his lead in the RBC Heritage.

Back-to-back 63s good for five-shot lead over Conners


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Two-time champion Stewart Cink moved into position for a third RBC Heritage title, shooting a second straight 63 to set the 36-hole scoring mark at Harbour Town.

Cink, 47, appears unstoppabl­e after two amazing days. He sits at 16-under 126, five shots ahead of Corey Conners. The previous best midway score was 129, set by Jack Nicklaus en route to victory in 1975 and matched by Phil Mickelson, who wound up third in 2002.

Conners shot 64 and was 11 under. Emiliano Grillo (64) was another shot behind.

Fourth-ranked Collin Morikawa, preparing to defend his PGA Championsh­ip title next month, was tied for fourth at 9-under with Sungjae Im (65), Billy Horschel (67) and Cameron Smith, who followed his openingrou­nd 62 with a 71.

Cink was hardly overwhelme­d by the scores he posted, chalking them up to smart preparatio­n and strong execution alongside his 24-year-old son, Reagan, who’s caddying for him.

“It doesn’t feel all that special, to be honest with you,” Cink said. “We just kind of worked our game plan.”

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson used a back-nine surge to avoid his second straight missed cut. Four birdies coming in gave him a 67 and left him 11 shots behind Cink. Plano’s Will Zalatoris shot 67 and is nine shots behind Cink.

Those going home included Patrick Cantlay, Harris English, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na, all among the top 30 in the Fedex Cup point standings this season.

Couples nearly flawless: Fred Couples didn’t miss a fairway, setting up wedges or short irons into most of the holes, and he had a 9-under 63 to build a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Chubb Classic in Naples, Fla.

Bernhard Langer shot a 65. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker was among those another shot behind.

Jose Maria Olazabal, the two-time Masters champion and the only player at the Chubb Classic to make the cut at Augusta National this year, opened with a 73.

Saso leads by two: Yuka Saso shot her second consecutiv­e 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead over surging Lydia Ko after two rounds of the Lotte Championsh­ip in Kapolei, Hawaii.

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