K.J. Choi’s early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Friday.
Choi shot a 67 to get to 5-under 137, a stroke ahead of Robert Allenby and 2 in front of a group led by former world No. 1 Luke Donald as the second round was suspended because of heavy storms.
Allenby was among 65 players still on the course when the rain hit Harbour Town Golf Links. Officials delayed the round shortly before 3 p.m. and then sent everyone home until this morning after waiting through about 90 minutes of steady, heavy rain.
Allenby has 13 holes to finish when play resumes this morning.
Donald shot a 69 and joined Billy Hurley III (69) and first-round tri-leader Scott Langley (73) in the clubhouse 2 shots behind Choi. Bo Van Pelt and Ben Martin were also at 3 under early in their rounds.
Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth faltered after their strong starts at Harbour Town.
Kuchar, who tied for fifth last week at the year’s first major, had two double bogeys on his first six holes before the rains came and stood 4 shots behind Choi.
Spieth, a Masters rookie who tied for second at Augusta National, had a 74 and was at 1-over 143 — good enough to make the projected cut of 4 over, but well off his opening 69.
Miguel Angel Jimenez made a dramatic Champions Tour debut, setting a tournament record with a first-round 65 in the soggy Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga.
Jimenez, coming off a fourth-place finish in the Masters, overcame constant rain and chilly temperatures at TPC Sugarloaf. He shot a 6-under 30 on his first nine holes, including an eagle on No. 18. He reached 7 under with a birdie on No. 2 and closed with seven straight pars.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer, Steve Pate and Kenny Perry each shot a 68.
Fred Couples shot a 69, including a double bogey on No. 9, his finishing hole. Jeff Sluman also shot a 69.
Lee Westwood jumped out to a 4-shot lead and Pablo Larrazabal jumped into a water hazard to escape hornets during the second round of the Malaysian Open.
Westwood moved closer to ending a two-year winless drought in adding a 6-under-par 66 to his opening round of 65 at Kuala Lumpur Country Club.
However, the action was overshadowed by Larrazabal needing on-course medical attention after being attacked by hornets at the 14th hole, the fifth of his round.
“They were three times the size of bees,” he said. “They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake.”
Larrazabal received medical treatment, including injections, for multiple stings.
Incredibly, he birdied the 14th hole en route to a round of 68 and a share of 25th place at 2 under.
Gene Fieger won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla., closing with a 3-under 69 for a 6-stroke victory.
Fieger, 53, finished at 13-under 275 at PGA Golf Club and earned $20,000 in the event postponed in October because of rain and flooding.