Matt Every and Graeme McDowell lead the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, at the end of day 1.
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Matt chipped in for birdie, twice in a row, at six and seven on his way to his best round ever to share the lead in the RBC Heritage at -5 under par, following his opening round 66.
He did admit that his short game was awesome today;
“Man, my short game was, the best it’s been in a long time.”
“I saved a ton of shots, I probably shouldn’t have shot 5-under, more like even, but I’ll take it.”
“The Harbour Town course wasn’t playing that easy either, but I got a lot out of my game, for sure. It’s nice. I felt like I stole one; I probably stole five or six shots today.”
G-Mac, who has won here at Harbour Town said you have to be patient, and he was good at putting. he also had a -5 under par first round;
“I just felt really good on the greens, you just have to stay real patient.”
“You have to position your ball well at times; you have to be really aware of the wind on this golf course.”
Sangmoon Bae is in third place at -4 under par, and was happy to be back in contention after suffering a bout of poor ball striking recently, but a new coach has changed things around for him;
“I couldn’t play well the last couple of weeks because my ball-striking wasn’t great.”
“Ball-striking was really, really bad the last couple of weeks, but things are a little improved right now.”
“That’s why I played good today and played well last week at the Masters.”
“I couldn’t play well the last four or five weeks. I hit the ball, like, to the left, or very thin or fat.”
“I’m trying to focus on my short game and putting which is really important on this golf course. I’m still working on it, but a little came back.”
“Tee shot is really hard on this course, so I’m just trying to get a little wide space, left or right, not necessarily the center of the fairway, where it may be impossible to hit the green.”
“I didn’t try to shape shots a lot, no, these greens are really small, so I hit the ball to the center of the green, then make more birdies chances.”
It doesn’t matter where the pin is, I’m trying to hit it center of the green. Course management.”
Hometown boy Kevin Kisner is in a five-way tie for fifth place at -3 under par.
Kevin does not like poa annua greens, it makes it difficult for him to putt well;
“I’m glad to be back in the Lowcountry, my home state tournament, so excited to perform in front of family and friends.”
“I always struggle on the West Coast, a good ol’ Southern boy doesn’t putt on poa annua too well. I’m getting back to some grass that I like.”
“I started a trend Thursday in the right direction. This is probably about where I start playing my best in the previous years. Last year I did okay here, and then got on a run at Charlotte,Wells Fargo Championship, and the Byron Nelson. Hopefully, it’s going that way again.”
“Days like this, with blustery breezes in the morning round, you want to make all those birdie chances you get, because you know you’re not going to have that many opportunities.”