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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Comfortable Bryan looks value outsider going into the weekend

South Carolina man enjoying Harbour Town

Graham DeLaet shares the halfway lead
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Graham DeLaet and Luke Donald are tied at the top of the Heritage leaderboard at the halfway stage, the Canadian and the Englishman reaching ten under par at Harbour Town Links.

DeLaet is still chasing his maiden US Tour victory, while former world number one Donald is gunning for an overdue Heritage breakthrough, having contended in this event on numerous occasions.

DeLaet could be backed at 100-1 on tournament-eve, while Donald was a 40-1 chance. DeLaet is a best-price 15-2 with two rounds to go and Donald is 9-2 favourite.

Another English raider, Ian Poulter, is in third place, looking for a career-reviving success, alongside 2012 US Open victor Webb Simpson.

Kevin Kisner hauled his way back into contention with a second-round 64 which took him to within four shots of the lead, and Wesley Bryan is another dangerman on that score. At 16-1 and 40-1 respectively, Kisner and Bryan are the most interesting options for in-running punters looking for an outright investment at this stage.

Third-round twoball punters are pointed towards Bryan, who does not deserve to be the outsider for the 6.05pm (UK and Ireland time) match. Russell Knox has been in shocking form for two months and it is too early to suggest the Scot has turned the corner after a bright Heritage start.

Bryan, fourth in the Genesis Open in the middle of February, then fourth in the Honda Classic and seventh in the Valspar Championship, is greatly impressing in his rookie campaign. And the South Carolina-born swinger is ultra-comfortable at Harbour Town, having spent his college years living beside the course.

Cameron Smith is the other appealing twoball option (5.15pm). The Australian youngster finished 15th in his only previous appearance at Harbour Town and he is enjoying the layout again this week. Expect Smith to stay on the front-foot in round three and see off playing partner Hideto Tanihara.

W Bryan
3pts 6-5 Betfair, Hills, Power

C Smith
2pts Evens bet365, Betfair, Hills, Power

Russell Knox has been in shocking form for two months
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