Daily Wrap-up: RBC Heritage, Round 1April 18, 2013
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Jason Day and Marc Leishman kept the Australian flag flying high at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.
Four days after countryman Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, Day and Leishman shot 4-under 67 and trailed leader Brian Davis by two shots after the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Davis lost a playoff to Jim Furyk in 2010 at Harbour Town after calling a penalty on himself. This time, the Englishman birdied eight of his final 14 holes for a 65 to pull past Day and Leishman, who were back in contention after falling short Sunday at Augusta National.
Kevin Streelman and Charley Hoffman had 66s. Day and Leishman were in a group another stroke back.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Jason Day or Marc Leishman just as easily could have become the first Aussie to win the Masters, instead of Adam Scott. Getting over losing a major is never easy, but both showed plenty of mental fortitude Thursday at Harbour Town, where each is just two shots off the lead.
You hear the cliche about taking it one shot at a time all the time, but by doing that both have quickly put the disappointment of last week behind them and focused on the positives of just how well they are playing at the moment.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- For the next two weeks, James Driscoll will donate $1,000 for every birdie he makes to the One Fund Boston, formed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help aid the victims in Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Thursday at the RBC Heritage, Driscoll shot 74 but made four birdies in the process. Read more
For more about Driscoll's Birdies for Boston initiative, click here.
"It was pretty boring, actually. I like boring rounds,
though, right? Boring rounds are pretty nice to have."
-- Jason Day, who hit 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18
greens in regulation during his round of 67.
“I had zero success early here. I didn't have the
patience to play this golf course. Now I know which
side of the fairways to hit it on, and now I can hit it
on that side of the fairways sometimes.’’
-- Charley Hoffman, who shot a first-round 66
and tied for eighth last season after struggling in his
previous two trips here.
0 -- Number of bogeys made on Thursday by the entire group of Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Webb Simpson at Harbour Town.
3 -- Number of times Brian Davis has held at least a share of the lead after 18 holes on the PGA TOUR. His last was the 2008 Travelers Championship (T13).
4 -- Numbers of Australians to win the RBC Heritage. Aaron Baddeley (2006), Peter Lonard (2005), Greg Norman (1988) and Graham Marsh (1977).
62 -- The lowest first-round score at the RBC Heritage, set by Peter Lonard (2005) and Davis Love III (2002).
71.646 -- Round 1 scoring average (0.646 strokes over par)
261 -- TOUR starts for Brian Davis, still seeking his first title
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Four days ago, an Australian won the Green Jacket for the first time. Could a plaid one be next?
Marc Leishman and Jason Day each shot 67 Thursday at Harbour Town, where they are two shots off the lead of Brian Davis after the opening round of the RBC Heritage.
"Playing last week it felt like there was pressure the whole week," said Day, who finished third at the Masters. "Coming into this week it's pretty laid back, but it is a TOUR event and I want to do well."
A bogey-free round was a good way to start.
"It was pretty boring, actually," Day said. "I like boring rounds, though, right? Boring rounds are pretty nice to have." Read more
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