Donald closes in on No. 1 with Heritage lead

Luke Donald moved a step closer to golf’s No. 1 ranking Friday,

shooting a 65 and grabbing a one-stroke lead halfway through The

Heritage.

Donald is the world’s third-ranked golfer behind top-rated

Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood. However, Donald would jump to the

top with a win at Harbour Town Golf Links, no matter how Westwood

fares this weekend at the Indonesian Masters.

Kaymer is not playing this week.

Donald, 33, hasn’t let talk of No. 1 distract him through two

rounds, finishing at 10-under 132 for a one-shot lead over

first-round leader Garrett Willis.

Masters runner-up Jason Day, defending champion Jim Furyk,

Camilo Villegas and Chad Campbell were another stroke behind at 8

under.

Donald was the highest ranked of seven golfers in the world’s

top 20 competing here. He finished second at Harbour Town two years

ago and third last April.