McDowell moves up in South Carolina

Second round 67 puts him within touching distance of the leaders

 Luke Donald of England and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland talk on the 11th tee during the second round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Photograph:Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Luke Donald of England and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland talk on the 11th tee during the second round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Photograph:Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Fri, Apr 19, 2013, 21:15

Graeme McDowell moved to within touching distance of the clubhouse leaders on day two of the RBC Heritage but overnight leader Brian Davis endured a difficult start to his second round.

The former US Open champion four under overall after an impressive 67 today. The Northern Irishman carded five birdies and just one bogey to record the joint-best score of the day so far, along with Australian Matt Jones who bounced back from his 75 yesterday in style.

England’s world number six Donald followed up his opening 69 with a three-under-par 68 today to move to five under for the tournament in South Carolina.

That left him just a shot behind the trio of leading Americans Kevin Streelman (70), Charley Hoffman (70) and Steve LeBrun (68) and level with Australian Marc Leishman, who was one under after eight today.

Davis has not had such a good day so far, however. The Englishman, who three years ago penalised himself in a sudden death play-off at this tournament, held a one-shot lead over Streelman and Hoffman after carding a 65 yesterday but he was two over after six today after bogeying the 10th and 15th — having started on the back nine.