RBC Heritage - R1

Lowry takes first round lead by 1 shot

April 18-21
Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head, South Carolina
$6,900,000
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Shane Lowry is hoping to learn from past experience to maintain his one-shot lead at the RBC Heritage after opening with a bogey-free 65 on Thursday.

In the Irishman’s only other appearance at the PGA Tour event two years ago, he shot a 65 in the first round before dropping a 75 in the second and finishing with a two under total at the end of Sunday’s round.

“A couple of years ago I got off to a good start and I maybe tried to force it a little bit,” Lowry said. “So just try to stay patient the next few days.

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“I enjoyed today. It’s nice to shoot a good score. And it’s my first good score in a few weeks. So just enjoy that and just get out there tomorrow and get after it.”

Lowry has a slight lead over five Americans, including Ryan Moore and Luke List, who all shot five under 66 at the Harbour Town course in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Kevin Na, Rory Sabbatini and Patrick Cantlay are part of a group of eight players tied for seventh after shooting 67s. Lowry has his work cut out for him on Friday as there are two dozen golfers within three shots of the lead.

“I’m happy with my golf,” Lowry said. “My scores haven’t been great as of late. But I felt like I’ve been playing okay. So maybe this is a reward for the perseverance.”

Lowry needed just 27 putts in the first round, but more importantly, he stepped up his game by making birdie on the par-fives.

On each of the three pars fives he sank birdie putts of three feet or less.

“It was something I’ve been struggling with — my par-five scoring hasn’t been very good,” Lowry said.


“I just played them nicely today. I struggled off the tee quite a bit this year, and I managed to find a new driver that I like. I hit that pretty good. And when you do that on par-fives it always gives yourself a chance.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-6
65
T2
Trey Mullinax
USA
-5
66
T2
Daniel Berger
USA
-5
66
T2
Luke List
USA
-5
66
T2
Ryan Moore
USA
-5
66
T2
Ryan Palmer
USA
-5
66
T7
Sam Burns
USA
-4
67
T7
Alexander Noren
SWE
-4
67
T7
Peter Malnati
USA
-4
67
T7
Scott Piercy
USA
-4
67
T7
Kevin Na
USA
-4
67
T7
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
67
T7
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-4
67
T7
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-4
67
T15
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
68
T15
Hudson Swafford
USA
-3
68
T15
Charley Hoffman
USA
-3
68
T15
Chez Reavie
USA
-3
68
T15
Seamus Power
IRL
-3
68
T15
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-3
68
T15
Scott Langley
USA
-3
68
T15
Dustin Johnson
USA
-3
68
T15
Brian Stuard
USA
-3
68
T15
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-3
68
T15
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
68
T15
Michael Thompson
USA
-3
68
T27
Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
69
T27
Troy Merritt
USA
-2
69
T27
Webb Simpson
USA
-2
69
T27
Kevin Streelman
USA
-2
69
T27
Andrew Landry
USA
-2
69
T27
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-2
69
T27
Matt Kuchar
USA
-2
69
T27
Zach Johnson
USA
-2
69
T27
Bud Cauley
USA
-2
69
T27
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-2
69
T27
Boo Weekley
USA
-2
69
T27
Jason Kokrak
USA
-2
69
T39
Joel Dahmen
USA
-1
70
T39
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-1
70
T39
Wyndham Clark
USA
-1
70
T39
K. J. Choi
KOR
-1
70
T39
Luke Donald
ENG
-1
70
T39
Jim Furyk
USA
-1
70
T39
Marc Leishman
AUS
-1
70
T39
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-1
70
T39
Branden Grace
RSA
-1
70
T39
Scott Stallings
USA
-1
70
T39
Denny McCarthy
USA
-1
70
T39
Ian Poulter
ENG
-1
70
T39
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-1
70
T39
J. J. Spaun
USA
-1
70
T53
Chris Kirk
USA
Par
71
T53
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
71
T53
Adam Long
USA
Par
71
T53
Stewart Cink
USA
Par
71
T53
Austin Cook
USA
Par
71
T53
Brandt Snedeker
USA
Par
71
T53
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
Par
71
T53
Jordan Spieth
USA
Par
71
T53
Adam Hadwin
CAN
Par
71
T53
Harold Varner III
USA
Par
71
T53
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
71
T53
Adam Schenk
USA
Par
71
T53
Chesson Hadley
USA
Par
71
T53
Brian Harman
USA
Par
71
T53
Chris Stroud
USA
Par
71
T53
Russell Knox
SCO
Par
71
T53
Kevin Kisner
USA
Par
71
T53
Xander Schauffele
USA
Par
71
T53
J. T. Poston
USA
Par
71
T53
Ryan Blaum
USA
Par
71
T53
Brandon Harkins
USA
Par
71
T53
Brian Gay
USA
Par
71
T53
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
71
T53
D. J. Trahan
USA
Par
71
T77
Anirban Lahiri
IND
1
72
T77
Cody Gribble
USA
1
72
T77
Rod Pampling
AUS
1
72
T77
Brice Garnett
USA
1
72
T77
Ernie Els
RSA
1
72
T77
Ryan Armour
USA
1
72
T77
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
1
72
T77
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
1
72
T77
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
1
72
T77
Danny Lee
NZL
1
72
T77
Harris English
USA
1
72
T77
Nick Taylor
CAN
1
72
T77
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
72
T77
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
72
T77
Cameron Smith
AUS
1
72
T77
Colt Knost
USA
1
72
T93
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
2
73
T93
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
2
73
T93
Michael Kim
KOR
2
73
T93
Jason Dufner
USA
2
73
T93
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
2
73
T93
Charles Howell III
USA
2
73
T93
Bill Haas
USA
2
73
T93
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
2
73
T93
John Augenstein
USA
2
73
T93
Mark Anderson
USA
2
73
T93
Tyler Duncan
USA
2
73
T93
D. A. Points
USA
2
73
T93
Keith Mitchell
USA
2
73
T93
Russell Henley
USA
2
73
T93
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
2
73
T93
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
2
73
T93
Sam Saunders
USA
2
73
T93
Abraham Ancer
USA
2
73
T111
Nick Watney
USA
3
74
T111
Richy Werenski
USA
3
74
T111
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
3
74
T111
Francesco Molinari
ITA
3
74
T111
Corey Conners
CAN
3
74
T111
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
3
74
T111
Martin Laird
SCO
3
74
T111
Justin Harding
RSA
3
74
T111
Cameron Champ
USA
3
74
T111
Danny Willett
ENG
3
74
T121
Peter Uihlein
USA
4
75
T121
Jim Herman
USA
4
75
T121
Matt Wallace
ENG
4
75
T124
Beau Hossler
USA
5
76
T124
Lucas Glover
USA
5
76
T124
Kelly Kraft
USA
5
76
T124
Tom Hoge
USA
5
76
T124
Ray Franz Jr.
USA
5
76
T124
Alex Cejka
GER
5
76
130
Scott Brown
USA
6
77
131
Roger Sloan
CAN
11
82
RET
Sam Ryder
USA
Par
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