Streb takes lead in PGA's RSM Classic

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Robert Streb birdied his last two holes on the Plantation course at Seal Island to take the solo lead at the half-way mark of the PGA Tour's RSM Classic.

American Streb matched his career low with a 9-under 63 on Friday to be two-shots clear of first-round leader Camilo Villegas.

Colombian Villegas had an even better finish to stay in range going into the weekend.

His tee shot on the par-5 18th on the Plantation course hit a cart path on the right side of the fairway and bounced enough that he only had a 9-iron left over the water to a front pin.

He was urging it to clear the water, and it landed just on the green and left him about 12 feet away for a closing eagle and a 66.

The final two rounds move to the Seaside course, which Joel Dahmen lit up Friday for a 9-under 61 that took him outside the cut line to just outside the top 10.

The last four winners at the RSM Classic each had the 36-hole lead.

"I don't want to be the one that breaks it," Streb said.

"There's still a lot of golf left, and we'll see what happens."

Streb was at 14-under 128 at the only tournament he has won on the PGA Tour.

Villegas has the same attitude at Streb - go play, count up the scores, see where he stands - though he is not oblivious to the attention on his for all he has been through this year.

The 38-year-old missed all of 2019 recovering from a shoulder injury, and then his world was torn apart when his 2-year-old daughter, Mia, developed tumours on her brain and spine. She died in late July.

Villegas has his brother as a caddie - Manny, who also played professionally - and that helps keep his mind on the golf.

"I'm going to be very honest with you, there's so much happening on the golf course, you're so focused, and that's what I've been doing all our life," he said.

Jason Day is best of the Australians after a 67 left him at six-under and a share of 22nd while Aaron Baddeley (69, five-under) and Matt Jones (71, four-under) also made the cut.