J.T. Poston takes opening lead

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April 19, 2024
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J.T. Poston carded an opening 8-under 63 featuring six birdies in a seven hole stretch to take a two-shot lead in the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

"I chipped and putted it really well. Especially putted it really well," said the American. I felt like it was one of those days where if I could give myself a look, and I felt pretty confident in being able to make those putts, whether it was a close one or a 20-, 25-footer. It sort of freed up the tee to green a little bit I guess you could say.

"I've had some good weeks here in the past. It's definitely one of those -- when I saw that it was elevated, it's definitely one of the ones that I had circled on my schedule for the year. It's one of my favorite events. I've played well. I'm just excited to be here.

Ireland's Seamus Power shot 6-under to tie for second place alongside American Collin Morikawa.

Six players are tied in fourth place at 5-under, among them last week's runner-up at the Masters, Sweden's Ludvig Åberg.

FedExCup leader and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler double bogeyed at the par-4 3rd and made four birdies for a 69 in his first round since winning last week’s Masters Tournament. With a win, he would become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2006 to win a major and win on Tour the following week. Woods won the PGA Championship and followed it with a win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

"I think sometimes when you're coming from Augusta -- we were talking about it today, is it 14 that's the long par-3 with the water? The green just looked so small. I'm sitting there with a 6-iron looking at this small green, and Augusta everything is really big at times and then you come here and everything is really, really small it seems like," said Scheffler.

"I think for some people, distance debate type people if they're ever looking at golf course design and how to combat people only trying to hit the ball really far, they need to come here and do a case study on this golf course because it's really, really good. You've got to curve the ball both directions, and you have to control your distance. You have to control where the golf ball is going. It's not just a place where you can go bomb it."

Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick opened with a 70; the last player to successfully defend a title at the RBC Heritage was Boo Weekley in 2008.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1J.T. Poston-863
T2Seamus Power-665
T2Collin Morikawa-665
T4Austin Eckroat-566
T4Mackenzie Hughes-566
T4Sahith Theegala-566
T4Patrick Rodgers-566
T4Sepp Straka-566
T4Ludvig Åberg-566
T10Cameron Young-467
T10Russell Henley-467
T10Stephan Jaeger-467
T10Tom Hoge-467
T10Patrick Cantlay-467
T10Adam Hadwin-467
T10Rory McIlroy-467
T17Jason Day-368
T17Byeong Hun An-368
T17Si Woo Kim-368
T17Christiaan Bezuidenhout-368
T17Chandler Phillips-368
T17Will Zalatoris-368
T17Thomas Detry-368
T17Taylor Moore-368
T17Sungjae Im-368
T26Alejandro Tosti-269
T26Matthieu Pavon-269
T26Chris Kirk-269
T26Lucas Glover-269
T26Scottie Scheffler-269
T26Justin Thomas-269
T26Corey Conners-269
T26Tom Kim-269
T26Harris English-269
T26Brendon Todd-269
T26Denny McCarthy-269
T26Brice Garnett-269
T38Emiliano Grillo-170
T38Tony Finau-170
T38Sam Burns-170
T38Kurt Kitayama-170
T38Eric Cole-170
T38Cam Davis-170
T38Andrew Putnam-170
T38Jordan Spieth-170
T38Shane Lowry-170
T38Rickie Fowler-170
T38Justin Rose-170
T38Brian Harman-170
T38Matt Fitzpatrick-170
T51Erik BarnesPar71
T51Max HomaPar71
T51Tommy FleetwoodPar71
T51Akshay BhatiaPar71
T51Nick TaylorPar71
T51Webb SimpsonPar71
T57Erik van Rooyen+172
T57Adam Svensson+172
T57Wyndham Clark+172
T57Grayson Murray+172
T57Xander Schauffele+172
T62Adam Schenk+273
T62Kevin Kisner+273
T62Peter Malnati+273
T62Gary Woodland+273
66Jake Knapp+374
T67Lee Hodges+475
T67Nick Dunlap+475
69Keegan Bradley+576
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