RBC Heritage R1

Ian Poulter to the fore at Hilton Head

June 18-21
Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head, South Carolina
$7,100,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


RBC Heritage R1 - Poulter to the fore at Hilton Head
Ian Poulter is tied for the lead after the first round (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Ian Poulter claimed a share of the lead after shooting a seven-under round of 64 at the PGA’s RBC Heritage event.


Poulter had an early tee time at Hilton Head and took a liking to conditions, going blemish-free and finishing with a spring in his step by claiming four birdies after the turn.

The Englishman finished tied for 29th at last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, the tour’s first tournament back after the coronavirus shutdown, and will start round two level with American Mark Hubbard.



The 44-year-old, who won the last of his three PGA titles in 2018, had shared his discomforting Covid-19 Test on Twitter on Wednesday, but will be glad he put himself through the process.

“Any time you shoot seven under par around this golf course, it’s obviously a pretty solid day,” he said.


“It’s very important being bogey-free. It’s a fiddly, testing, tricky golf course.”

He went on to reveal the surprisingly light load he taken on in terms of course practice during the pandemic shutdown, adding: “I played three or four rounds of golf in that spell of three months off, and it was apparent – as soon as I came back to hitting balls – I felt like I was swinging pretty good.

“I’m not one that plays round after round after round after round to feel that I need to be ready to play golf. I was super active, I was busy on social media, I was doing lots of different things around the house.”



World number one Rory McIlroy had a slow start, closing one over on 72. The Northern Irishman, who has questioned the wisdom of European players who have declined to travel, hit three bogeys along the way.

“I wasn’t particularly comfortable out there,” he admitted.

“I played here once before in ’09, and I just remember not being that comfortable around here then. It’s still sort of the same. I’m just not comfortable and sort of trying to pick lines and really commit to shots. I just wasn’t as committed as I need to be around here.”

RBC Heritage R1 - Poulter to the fore at Hilton Head
Rory McIlroy was not at his best on day one (David Davies/PA)


There is a chasing pack of seven sitting one-shot back from Poulter and Hubbard, with Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick alongside Jordan Spieth on five under.

Spieth had a dicey start, including a triple-bogey at 12, but ended with a surge of momentum as he birdied seven times on the front nine.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Ian Poulter
ENG
-7
64
T1
Mark Hubbard
USA
-7
64
T3
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-6
65
T3
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-6
65
T3
Michael Thompson
USA
-6
65
T3
Webb Simpson
USA
-6
65
T3
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-6
65
T3
Brice Garnett
USA
-6
65
T3
Ryan Palmer
USA
-6
65
T10
Matthew NeSmith
USA
-5
66
T10
Jordan Spieth
USA
-5
66
T10
Tony Finau
USA
-5
66
T10
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-5
66
T10
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
66
T10
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-5
66
T16
Harris English
USA
-4
67
T16
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-4
67
T16
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-4
67
T16
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
67
T16
Daniel Berger
USA
-4
67
T16
Rickie Fowler
USA
-4
67
T16
Ernie Els
RSA
-4
67
T16
J. T. Poston
USA
-4
67
T16
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
67
T16
Sepp Straka
AUT
-4
67
T16
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-4
67
T16
Max Homa
USA
-4
67
T28
Joel Dahmen
USA
-3
68
T28
Kevin Kisner
USA
-3
68
T28
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-3
68
T28
Jim Herman
USA
-3
68
T28
Collin Morikawa
USA
-3
68
T28
Stewart Cink
USA
-3
68
T28
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
68
T28
Chris Stroud
USA
-3
68
T28
Danny Lee
NZL
-3
68
T28
Brendon Todd
USA
-3
68
T28
Dustin Johnson
USA
-3
68
T28
Andrew Landry
USA
-3
68
T28
Corey Conners
CAN
-3
68
T28
Chez Reavie
USA
-3
68
T28
Wyndham Clark
USA
-3
68
T28
Brian Stuard
USA
-3
68
T28
Chesson Hadley
USA
-3
68
T45
Luke List
USA
-2
69
T45
Harry Higgs
USA
-2
69
T45
Jason Kokrak
USA
-2
69
T45
Kyle Stanley
USA
-2
69
T45
Cameron Smith
AUS
-2
69
T45
Zach Johnson
USA
-2
69
T45
Bubba Watson
USA
-2
69
T45
Jim Furyk
USA
-2
69
T45
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-2
69
T45
Bernhard Langer
GER
-2
69
T45
Wesley Bryan
USA
-2
69
T45
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-2
69
T45
Abraham Ancer
USA
-2
69
T45
Lucas Glover
USA
-2
69
T45
Billy Horschel
USA
-2
69
T45
Gary Woodland
USA
-2
69
T45
Jason Dufner
USA
-2
69
T45
Ryan Armour
USA
-2
69
T45
Sam Ryder
USA
-2
69
T45
Matt Jones
AUS
-2
69
T45
Alexander Noren
SWE
-2
69
T45
Branden Grace
RSA
-2
69
T45
Spencer Ralston
USA
-2
69
T68
Harold Varner III
USA
-1
70
T68
Scott Stallings
USA
-1
70
T68
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-1
70
T68
Patrick Reed
USA
-1
70
T68
Patton Kizzire
USA
-1
70
T68
Danny Willett
ENG
-1
70
T68
Vijay Singh
FIJ
-1
70
T68
Brian Harman
USA
-1
70
T68
Roger Sloan
CAN
-1
70
T68
Russell Henley
USA
-1
70
T68
Tom Hoge
USA
-1
70
T68
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-1
70
T68
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-1
70
T68
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
70
T68
Justin Rose
ENG
-1
70
T68
Matt Kuchar
USA
-1
70
T68
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-1
70
T85
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
Par
71
T85
Kevin Tway
USA
Par
71
T85
Luke Donald
ENG
Par
71
T85
Jason Day
AUS
Par
71
T85
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
Par
71
T85
Charley Hoffman
USA
Par
71
T85
Adam Schenk
USA
Par
71
T85
Bud Cauley
USA
Par
71
T85
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
71
T85
Peter Malnati
USA
Par
71
T85
Jon Rahm
ESP
Par
71
T85
Tyler Duncan
USA
Par
71
T85
Sam Burns
USA
Par
71
T85
Brian Gay
USA
Par
71
T85
Bill Haas
USA
Par
71
T85
Bo Van Pelt
USA
Par
71
T102
Doc Redman
USA
1
72
T102
Rory McIlroy
NIR
1
72
T102
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
1
72
T102
Nate Lashley
USA
1
72
T102
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
1
72
T102
Adam Long
USA
1
72
T102
Xander Schauffele
USA
1
72
T102
Bronson Burgoon
USA
1
72
T102
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
1
72
T102
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
1
72
T102
Maverick McNealy (a)
USA
1
72
T102
Davis Love III
USA
1
72
T102
Matthew Wolff
USA
1
72
T102
Justin Thomas
USA
1
72
T102
Keith Mitchell
USA
1
72
T102
Adam Hadwin
CAN
1
72
T102
Michael Kim
KOR
1
72
T102
J. J. Spaun
USA
1
72
T102
Michael Gligic
CAN
1
72
T121
Scott Brown
USA
2
73
T121
Aaron Wise
USA
2
73
T121
Kevin Chappell
USA
2
73
T121
Denny McCarthy
USA
2
73
T121
Ryan Moore
USA
2
73
T121
K. J. Choi
KOR
2
73
T121
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
2
73
T121
Pat Perez
USA
2
73
T121
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
2
73
T121
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
2
73
T121
Charles Howell III
USA
2
73
T121
Russell Knox
SCO
2
73
T121
Kevin Streelman
USA
2
73
T121
Andy Ogletree
USA
2
73
T135
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
3
74
T135
Matthew Every
USA
3
74
T135
Nick Watney
USA
3
74
T135
Andrew Putnam
USA
3
74
T135
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
3
74
T135
Brandt Snedeker
USA
3
74
T135
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
3
74
T135
Shane Lowry
IRL
3
74
T135
Jimmy Walker
USA
3
74
T144
Talor Gooch
USA
4
75
T144
Graeme McDowell
NIR
4
75
T144
David Hearn
CAN
4
75
T147
Austin Cook
USA
5
76
T147
Lanto Griffin
USA
5
76
T147
Scott Piercy
USA
5
76
T147
Glen Day
USA
5
76
T147
Victor Perez
FRA
5
76
152
Martin Trainer
USA
9
80
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