Luke Donald and Branden Grace top the RBC Heritage leaderboard after the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Luke and Branden both carded opening rounds of -5 under par 66 at Hilton Head to lead the RBC Heritage by just one shot.
Luke said he was annoyed at not being at The Masters, but his putting stats are not good;
“I don’t want to be sitting at home watching the majors on TV; yet.”
“I haven’t looked statistically at my putting, but it’s probably outside the top 100 right now.”
“For five straight years I was number one, that’s a big difference.”
“I feel like I’ve got a few good years ahead of me.”
“I have some good memories and good mojo here, it’s nice to continue that with a solid round today.”
Second place is shared by four players all on -4 under par, Matt Kuchar, David Lingmerth, Tony Finau, and World number one Jason Day.
Jason seemed to be cruising through 17 holes, before taking an unplayable lie in the bunker at 18, and making bogey to finish. He is really concentrating on enlarging the gap between himself and the other contenders for his #1 spot, plus of course dealing with the weather conditions;
“It was a tough break, it was a little bit unlucky, but I shouldn’t have been in that bunker.”
“It’s unfortunate, but things happen.”
“At this point I’ve got to try to extend the gap in the world rankings. That’s my main focus right now.”
“They say it’s going to gust at times 40 miles an hour, 20 to 30 mile an hour winds with rain, it should be very difficult.”
It should be mentioned that neither Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy are in the field this week.
Bryson DeChambeau, last year’s NCAA and U.S. Amateur Champion, played his first event as a pro at Harbour Town and opened with a -1 under par 70.