April 19 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Three years ago, Brian Davis famously called a penalty on himself here during a playoff with Jim Furyk.
Thursday, he opened with a 65 in what must have felt like a little bit of good karma, or at least some very good golf. What will Davis do in the second round? Here's a closer look at his group and a few others to keep an eye on in the afternoon wave at Harbour Town (all times ET).
Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Webb Simpson, 12:40 p.m.: Day and Leishman each shot 67 in the opening round, while Simpson was only a stroke worse. None of the three made a bogey. The last time Australians won in back-to-back weeks on the PGA TOUR was in 2010 when Day and Adam Scott won the HP Byron Nelson Championship and Valero Texas Open.
Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, 12:30 p.m.: Haas was also bogey-free in the opening round and shot 68. He's played well this season with top 10s in half of his 10 starts. Johnson, meanwhile, is in danger of missing the cut after opening with a 72, which puts him a stroke outside the number.
Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Carl Pettersson, 12:30 p.m.: The last three winners here were all in good shape after Round 1 -- except for Snedeker, who shot 73. Pettersson and Furyk, meanwhile, are 1 and 3 under, respectively.
Brian Davis, John Mallinger, Daniel Summerhays, 1:20 p.m.: Davis said he still gets recognized at airports and hotels for what he did here three years ago, but he added that he's trying to move past that and be remembered for something else. Eight birdies in the opening round was a good start.